Google Reader is the most popular online service to read RSS updates regularly without manually checking several websites one by one in the browser. Yesterday, I reviewed a Chrome Extension News Factory which performs similar tasks to Google Reader. Along with online Google Reader, there are lots of Windows applications available that you can use with your online Google Reader account to read all the updates directly on Windows and in offline mode as well. As we know, Windows 8 supports Apps based on HTML and Java Script. Windows 8 Apps is a completely new concept for the developers and now Windows 8 App Store has started getting applications which can be installed on Windows 8. The latest application is Flux App. It is a smart, modern and elegant Google Reader app for the best RSS reading experience on Windows 8. The Windows 8 Flux app is developed by the developer of award-winning Flux apps for Windows Phone and now you can enjoy the same app on your Windows 8 PC and Windows 8 Tablet as well. It supports maximum 15K articles that you can read offline and I think it is enough for Windows 8 users. Flux supports incremental sync for minimum data usage which means Flux app syncs only fresh and new content whenever you start the Flux app in Windows 8 to save your data bandwidth and reduce internet cost in case you have a limited bandwidth connection.
After installing this app from Windows 8 Apps Store, you need to enter your Google Reader account email ID and password to sync all the feeds into Flux Google Reader. Please remember that if you have enabled two-step verification on your Google account then you need to enter application specific password and not your email ID password. Flux will show you all the subscribed feeds with folders by sliding the screen (left-to-right and right-to-left) with the latest number of feeds. To read any feed, click on it and the clicked feed will open in a different split (side by side) window. You can mark any feed as read as there is a two-way sync with Google Reader. To get other feed options, just right-click on the empty area of the screen and a new menu will pop-up from the bottom of the screen. This pop-up menu has the option to quickly open the feed you are reading in Internet Explorer if you wish to read it on the Windows browser. Flux Google Reader app also supports mobile version of any article meaning that you can view your favorite feed item in mobile view on the same screen.
According to the developer, it is just an app preview and they will make it more useful by adding multiple Live Tiles and other useful features. If you don’t know how to install an app from Windows 8 Apps Store then you can read my article on it here.
[Download Flux Windows 8 App]