Sunday, January 21, 2007

RSS Feeds in Outlook 2007

Microsoft Outlook 2007 supports subscription of RSS Feeds. That is great! But is that useful? Not for me. If you only have a handful of feeds it can be useful. For now it seems like feeds where something thrown into Outlook without too much though or at least there was not enough time to get it really good.

Pros

  • RSS Feeds are supported.
  • There is an integration with Windows Internet Explorer 7. If you subscribe on a feed in IE7 it shows up in Outlook.
  • It's good to be able to read feeds offline.

Cons

  • I made the mistake to import my OPML file I exported from Bloglines and found that folder hierarchy where not supported. If you have more than 10+ feeds I'm pretty sure you started to organize them in folders.
  • There is an synchronization of feeds with IE7 but doesn't work fully.
  • Multiple RSS folders cannot be deleted.
  • I'd like to separate new RSS posts from regular mail. Now all show up in Unread items.
  • And many more.

Tips

  • There is no way to select all or many feeds and for example delete them I thought until I found it possible via Tools>Account Settings>RSS Feeds. But that didn't delete the actual folders.
  • If you want to delete multiple feeds in the Windows RSS platform that is used by IE7 look here: "[drive letter]:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Feeds\[your feeds and folders]"

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