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OS X Mountain Lion took away something very dear to many Mac users: RSS Feeds (sometimes also called Atom feeds). RSS feeds (Really Simple Syndication) is a technology used by websites and social media to notify subscribers when content has been updated. For example, on this website you can subscribe to an RSS Feed that will notify you every time a new article is posted.

In OX 10.7 Lion, Mac users could choose between Mail or Safari to handle these feed updates. In OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion these options were stripped away and required a third party app to handle RSS Feeds. Now OS X Mavericks sees the return of handling RSS Feeds — but in a better place, Notification Center.

I wrote about this idea a month ago. Having RSS Feeds in Mail or Safari didn't make sense with Notification Center, because Notification Center was a much better place to handle and process real-time feeds. According to Apple's website,

With OS X Mavericks, you can interact with your notifications, so you can reply to a message, respond to a FaceTime video call, or delete an email right from a notification. In addition, you can now sign up with your favorite websites to get breaking news, sports scores, auction alerts, and more — even if Safari isn’t running. [emphasis mine]

Signing up to websites and receiving breaking news is the definition of RSS Feeds. With OS X Mavericks Apple has taken away the technical jargon and just made it work — something Apple is well know for doing. This is great news for those who were using RSS feeds in the past but were cut off at the knees with Mountain Lion. Moreover with OS X Mavericks managing these feeds in Notification Center should be a much better use of the technology going forward.

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2 Comments

  1. megadr01d ~ September 20, 2013 09:20

    I still think RSS feeds make sense in Mail since you can organize them in categories (folder/subfolder). I can delete a whole batch like I delete an e-mail conversation. Some RSS feeds I get, don't even need to be opened in the browser so they still make more sense in Mail than in Safari. Having 300 feeds in a flat list in Notification Center is not the way to handle it. #
  2. Marcelo ~ November 10, 2013 05:58

    I agree with megadr01d. #

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