Google Reader comes out of beta

Google Reader is no longer beta and formally launches today.

The web-based RSS and atom feed reader was introduced in 2005, revamped this time last year. Surprisingly, given Google’s origins, search was added only a fortnight ago.

At the same time as removing the beta tag, Google has added support for more than half a dozen languages, notably English UK as well as French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Japanese, and Korean.

In addition to presenting a collated list of news articles from the various feeds to which the user has subscribed, Reader also lets you select articles to build your own custom feed, which can then be shared or displayed on a website or a Google Personalised Hompage (iGoogle).

Reader can also be viewed on any mobile device that supports XHMTL or WAP 2. And if you are not connected to the internet, then it is one of the first Google applications to support Google Gears for offline working.

Google Reader is a free service at

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