RSS in Outlook 2007

February 26, 2007

Ever since I started reading about Office 2007 I’ve been looking forward to the new RSS features in Outlook. Now that I’ve been using it for a few weeks, I’ve really grown to love it. As a newsreader there’s nothing special about Outlook (in fact, there are some things about it that are downright annoying), but what’s great is that each feed is stored as a regular Outlook mail message, in a regular Outlook mail folder.

If you have an Exchange account that you widely use, this is simply a great way to manage your feeds. Everything is stored under your Exchange mailbox, so you can use any computer with Outlook, even older versions. Same thing with Outlook Web Access, or syncing with your PDA, if you’re away from home. The only real downside is that you’ll have to leave Outlook 2007 open to actually refresh the feeds, since it’s the client generating them, and not the Exchange server itself.

Marc Charbonneau is a mobile software engineer in Portland, OR. Want to reply to this article? Get in touch on Twitter @mbcharbonneau.