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I've used iGoogle as my home/start page for years now, but have recently been notified that it's going away later this year. Apparently because there are mobile/chrome apps/plugins that do that same - though how either of them help me on a Windows PC with my preference for Firefox I don't know!

I mainly use it for aggregating RSS feeds from various development blogs, and from news sites. I also have a few gadgets such as weather forecasts.

(I would include an image so non-iGoogle users know what I'm talking about, but I'm too new to be trusted!)

So, my question...what are your ideas for replacements/alternatives? Either web based, or (Windows) desktop application.

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You could rather use widgets in gmail and apps in chrome to make pure Google magic and simulate something very similar to iGoogle easily. –  Forbidden Overseer Jul 4 '12 at 18:07
    
Could the question be moved to webapps.stackexchange.com instead of closing? Actually there is webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/28590/… –  Michael Freidgeim Jul 6 '12 at 13:13
    
That webapps post looks good (so many StackExchange sites! I guess I picked the wrong one), as do your comments to lonstar's post, so thanks for that @MichaelFreidgeim. –  Gareth Wilson Jul 6 '12 at 14:41

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My Yahoo does pretty much the same thing - can add in RSS/etc. There's also NewsGator, NetVines and of course Google Reader/Google News.

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MyYahoo looks pretty close, I might give it a trial run. I must admit I hadn't even looked at Yahoo, they're kinda an 'also-ran' these days! Shame I can't get Google search on the MyYahoo page. –  Gareth Wilson Jul 4 '12 at 20:47
    
Yahoo is actually still doing quite a bit in terms of active content and developer support - they just don't have that fresh-faced boy genius or richer-than-God public persona to keep them in the news. –  lonstar Jul 5 '12 at 22:05
    
Many peoples suggest Netvibes netvibes.com/en (e.g. at forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3493931) –  Michael Freidgeim Jul 6 '12 at 13:05
    

I really like iGoogle -- are there any other alternatives?

On your mobile device, Google Play offers applications ranging from games to news readers to home screen widgets.

If you’re a fan of Google Chrome, the Chrome Web Store provides a similar range of options like productivity tools and applications to check the weather. In addition, just like iGoogle, you can personalize Chrome with a theme.

That's from here. I thought it covered your requests for ideas on replacements/alternatives.

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As per the note in my question, mobile/chrome related solutions don't really help me as I'm after a Windows or general browser related solution. –  Gareth Wilson Jul 4 '12 at 20:45
    
@GarethWilson As per my note at the bottom of the quote, I just took the whole section as written from the Google information page. What I was curious about was why you made no mention of the reasons for rejecting Google's suggestions that did apply to your situation. –  Bon Gart Jul 5 '12 at 13:17
    
Sorry Bon, I don't follow. The only suggestions made on that page are for Android or Chrome which aren't any use to me. I didn't 'reject' any of Google's other suggestions as I don't see any other suggestions..? –  Gareth Wilson Jul 6 '12 at 14:39

You could try Myfav.es. You wouldn't need an account and your settings will still be there if you don't clear cookies. However there are perks to having an account:

  1. Your own custom url: http://myfav.es/username
  2. Remembers settings even if you clear cookies
  3. Use your facebook twitter, google or open id
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