After nixing the popular Google Reader service, Google’s apparent assault on the humble RSS continues, as the company pulls its RSS Subscription Extension from the Chrome Web Store.
Google Chrome doesn’t natively support subscripting to RSS feeds (or, in fact, any notification that a site has one). To remedy this Google crafted an add-on for Chrome that enabled you to see, and quickly subscribe to, feeds from sites as you visited them.
But that extension has now been removed from the Chrome Web Store, depriving Chrome users of a way to easily subscribe to RSS feeds.
At the time of its removal the add on has amassed nearly 900,000 users.
The good news for fans of the utility is that it won’t be uninstalled; if you have added it, you can keep it.
The bad news is that it won’t be updated any-longer, so if a future version of Chrome introduces a conflict or newer extension API the add-on will break. Further more, should you uninstall it you won’t be able to re-install it.