NewsGator Technologies, Inc., a RSS software platform company, has announced that a new version of NewsGator Online will now be free to consumers. NewsGator has added a number of innovations to its existing Web-based aggregator and now users can track RSS and news feeds online at no charge.
New features and functions in the updated Online platform include: Folders--users can now manage all feeds online in the same way they organize information in Microsoft Outlook or other email clients. Per-Post Rating System--NewsGator has introduced a per-post ratings system, where users can rate each post they read and can add the rating feature to their own blog site. Recommended Feeds--NewsGator Online now recommends new RSS feeds based on a user's preferences and ratings. My Clippings--allows users to save all of favorite posts with one click, and access them later. Smart Feed Enhancements--In addition to adding content sources for its keyword and URL search feeds, NewsGator is now offering email feeds, which allow users to have email sent to specific addresses converted to RSS feeds and consumed in NewsGator or other tools. The new free edition also includes subscription synchronization capabilities with NewsGator Outlook Edition.
Thirty RSS content providers joined in the launch announcement, including the Christian Science Monitor
, Space.com, CBS affiliates, WebMD, and Weblogs, Inc. In addition to its free Online Service, NewsGator sells NewsGator for Outlook, which allows users to access and synchronize RSS feeds through Microsoft Outlook. NewsGator Online Premium Services are also available on a monthly subscription basis and start at $5.95 per user. Features include Premium Content; Mobile Edition, Email Edition, and Media Center Edition; and Smart Feeds.