I am looking for an RSS reader that I can run minimized in my notifications task bar and that will post a notification whenever there is an update to one of the feeds.

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  • I just use Google Reader with either browser or Rainmeter plugins for this, but probably not exactly what you're after... – Shinrai Feb 8 '11 at 17:30
  • Yeah, I'm specifically looking for integration with windows notifications. – mwolfe02 Feb 8 '11 at 17:33


The Notifier is a small popup that displays the headlines of incoming news even when RSSOwl is minimized. You can mark news entries as sticky from the Notifier to remember reading the full content of the entry at a later time.

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    Perfect! It does everything I needed and then some. – mwolfe02 Feb 8 '11 at 19:17

Feed Notifier

Feed Notifier is a Windows application that resides in the system tray and displays pop-up notifications on your desktop when new items arrive in your subscribed RSS or Atom feeds. By default, the pop-ups look like this…

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  • rssowl is a resource hog. I'll have to take a look at this. Thanks (+1). – mwolfe02 May 9 '11 at 21:32
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    FWIW, I developed Feed Notifier. Let me know if you have any feedback. – FogleBird May 9 '11 at 23:01

If you're using Windows 10 (which I highly suggest), check out Smart RSS Reader for Windows 10:

Smart RSS Reader for Windows 10 in dark theme

You don't even need to run it at all. It will automatically check for new feeds, and will send Windows toast notifications as soon as a new one arrives. You could also pin it to the Start menu and see the latest feeds via Live Tiles.

P.S. I'm a developer of this project

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