Feedly upgrades site to prep for Google Reader's demise

Feedly has completed its next wave of website upgrades designed to serve as a spiffy, new welcome mat for users of Google Reader, which is shutting down.

(Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET)

Existing users of the Feedly news aggregator and those migrating from Google Reader will now find a refreshed site compatible with all major browsers, Feedly said in a blog post on Wednesday. The overhauled site adds support for Internet Explorer and Opera, and boasts a new interface that doesn't require plug-ins or browser extensions.

In line with its new cloud, Feedly is no longer shackled to Google. Previously, the site depended on Google Reader's servers for its back-end technology. But now Feedly has its own dedicated infrastructure that it promises will be fast and scalable to handle a growing amount of information. The company said that its new cloud is now processing more than 25 million RSS feeds and billions of articles each day.

Finally, developers have cooked up nine cloud-based applications for Feedly users. Among those are news readers for most of the major platforms, including Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS, Android and BlackBerry. Also on the list are an Android widget and a Windows desktop client.

Google Reader has long provided RSS feeds. But the search giant will retire Reader come 1 July. As a result, Feedly has been retooling its own service and adding more features to welcome aboard all of those soon-to-be former Google Reader users. Such people who jump to Feedly can import all of their customised news feeds from Google Reader, Feedly said.

Via CNET.com



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