Saturday, June 10, 2006

Read RSS on your Windows Mobile Device with AvantGo

AvantGo has finally released an updated reader for Windows Mobile devices that supports RSS. Find the full story here at MSMobiles.com. Download it here.


Update... June 11, 2006

This link all of a sudden made it to the front page of Digg, so I'd like to respond to some of the comments.

  • Good wrap up of Pocket PC RSS Clients on About.com.
  • My personal recommendations for Windows Mobile 5 RSS clients

More importantly, there has been a bunch of slamming on the Windows Mobile platform since it is from Microsoft. Most of the nay-sayers are basically saying that any product from Microsoft isn't free and sucks on principle. On the desktop platform, this is an argument that's gone on over and over again ... Linux, Mac, PC, Open Source, and I don't think it will be settled anytime soon. However, on the mobile platform, the options are more limited. If you're looking for a smartphone, it is basically Blackberry, Palm, Symbian, or Windows. Take a top of the line phone that runs on any of those platforms, and they all cost the same. The OS can't be purchased by itself, so you can argue that it's free with the hardware, or it costs the same as any other smartphone OS. Anyway, the key of this post was to highlight that there are starting to be viable offline RSS readers for the Windows Mobile 5 platform. For those who aren't as addicted to phones as I am, the OS only became commercially available in the last few months, and very few viable applications have been ported over yet.

As far as the smartphone OS debate, that's one I'd be happy to engage in, and I think these comments have given my fodder for writing an upcoming post on the topic. I've owned more phones than I can count, and I've used every single smartphone OS. I have a preference for Windows Mobile right now, but that actually has a lot more to do with form factor then with OS. As long as I can get my email, sync my calendar and contacts, and surf the web, I could care less about who wrote the OS.

Until the next post .....

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9 comments:

kaushan said...

nice tool! I'm going to try it

Brad Isaac said...

Thanks for the link. trying it now. Avantgo makes some good quality stuff so this should be good too.

Sebastian said...

I there a news reader that will work w/ MW 5 for smartphone (Samsung Blackjack [i607])? I have tried those but during the install i get a 'not intended for this device' even though the sys. req.'s seem fine. Any ideas?

becky said...

There is another windows mobile RSS reader which is free and not mentioned in your list.

Newscopier I think is an excellent little reader and up on a par with other similar pay for programs.

Cody said...

Don't forget MobiAtom. It is a free web based rss reader for Windows Mobile

sales said...

yeahreader - http://www.yeahreader.com - also good rss feeds reader

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