How to Configure RSS Feeds in Outlook – Another Helpful Feature of Microsoft Outlook 2007 is to Incorporate RSS Feeds

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) has become a very popular means of compiling content from multiple news and information sources for central consumption. RSS Aggregators are used to poll subscribed RSS feeds for updates in content. Changes since the last polling interval are then pushed out to the client.

For Microsoft Outlook 2007, RSS aggregation was added to the popular Personal Information Manager (PIM). RSS feeds can be retrieved by and read within the Outlook 2007 client.

New RSS feeds are added through the Outlook Account Settings. In Outlook 2007, navigate to Tools | Account Settings and select the RSS Feeds tab. In this tab you can see the list of subscriptions and their current feed status [See Figure 1]. To add a new RSS feed, you click on the New button which opens a window to enter or copy the RSS feed URL [See Figure 2]. In order to add an account this way, Outlook needs to be able to connect to the URL. Clicking OK, will prompt the RSS Feed Options window [See Figure 3]. RSS feeds can include attachments (or enclosures) but requires the option to be selected in the RSS Feed Options window.

RSS content resides by default in a special folder in Outlook [See Figure 4]. The RSS folder is visible in the Folder List and in the Mail Folder view, with the latter shown in Figure 4. Some RSS feeds provide a headline and a URL [See Figure 5] while others push out a full HTML page with the content. This is controlled at the host site where the RSS feed originates. Typically, the URL for the RSS Feed on a site is indicated by the current standard RSS icon [See Figure 6] which really replaced a little orange rectangle with “RSS” or “XML” in it. Browsers, such as Internet Explorer and Firefox will also identify RSS feeds on a site.

There are many independent RSS Aggregator applications available; however, now you never have to leave your PIM to get the news and blog updates you need.

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Outlook 2007 Account Settings - RSS Feeds
Outlook 2007 Add New RSS Feed
Outlook 2007 RSS Feed Options
Outlook 2007 Interface - RSS Feed Folders
Outlook 2007 RSS Feed Item with URL to Content
Current Standard RSS Icon

This post is part of the series: Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Tips

A series of Tips and Tricks for working with Microsoft Outlook 2007 both as a user and an administrator.
  1. New E-mail Account Configuration in Microsoft Outlook: Tip #1
  2. Use AutoComplete “Nickname” Cache in Outlook: Tip #2
  3. Configure Outlook Custom Message Views: Tip #3
  4. How to Configure RSS Feeds in Outlook: Tip #4
  5. Tip #5 – Making Changes to the Custom Dictionary in Microsoft Outlook 2007
  6. Tip #6 – Configure Outlook Autosave Settings
  7. Microsoft Outlook Keyboard Shortcuts: Tip #7
  8. Microsoft Outlook 2007 Tip #8 – Outlook.exe Startup Switches
  9. Microsoft Outlook Instant Messenger Addons: #9
  10. Tip #10 – Using Outlook 2007 to Access GMail
  11. Showing Full Message Headers in Microsoft Outlook 2007: Tip #11
  12. How to Re-Send an E-mail Message in Outlook: Tip #12
  13. How to View Animated GIFs Embedded in an E-mail in Microsoft Outlook 2007: Tip #13
  14. Telling Outlook How to Handle Messages: Tip #14
  15. Microsoft Outlook 2007 Tip #15 – How to Color Code the Task List in the To Do Bar
  16. Tip #16 – Importing from Incredimail to Microsoft Outlook 2007
  17. Viewing Multiple Outlook Calendars: Tip #17
  18. Removing Cancelled Future Appointments in Microsoft Outlook 2007: Tip #18
  19. Tip #19: How to Create New Outlook E-mail from the Command Line
  20. How to Configure Outlook AutoArchiving: Tip #20
  21. Using Custom Categories in Microsoft Outlook 2007: Tip #21
  22. How to Manage Outlook Add-ins: Tip #21
  23. Microsoft Outlook 2007 Tip #23 – Attachment Previewing Options