I love RSS. I can't believe I'm saying this, because for years, I never really 'got' it. I knew how it worked technically, I saw how it could possibly be useful, but I just never really cared enough to actually use it, and I couldn't imagine why anyone else ever would, either.
That is, until Outlook added RSS support.
For me, Outlook is always running. I manage half my life through that program, in fact (the other being OneNote, which I like even better). And as I’ve mentioned before, I really dislike the current state of the web, where each web site is most like a program, with its own interface and quirks and learning curve, not to mention bugs, advertisements, distractions, and security issues. So if I can take the content from the sites I love and read that content in a program I already know, I’m a happy man.
Outlook lets me do just that:
By default, Outlook creates a folder for each feed to keep things organized, but I’ve changed that to have everything delivered into my RSS Feeds folder. Outlook keeps every article around until I choose to delete it, shows me which I’ve read, and lets me manage them just like any other Outlook item. I can even forward interesting stories to friends just like an e-mail. You can also see Outlook keep an archive of all our Slick IT articles here, which is a very easy way of having a complete backup and searchable offline reference of all our content. Happily, the feeds I choose to read are saved in my .PST file, so I don’t have to re-add them every time I rebuild my machine or reinstall Outlook.
When I upgraded to Outlook 2010 Beta 2, however, the magic stopped. Everything looked okay… my RSS Feeds folder was still there, the articles I hadn’t yet read were working just fine, but I wouldn’t get any new articles delivered. It wouldn’t sync. I’d hit Send / Receive all day, but the RSS Feeds just wouldn’t update. I even checked under Accounts, where they seem to show up:
But despite this, Outlook wouldn’t actually check them.
It turns out to be quite an easy fix. Here’s what worked for me:
- Using Internet Explorer, add a new feed. If you’re using IE now, just click the View Feeds button on the toolbar and then click “Subscribe to this feed”:
- Under the File menu, choose Open, and then click Import:
- Choose “Import RSS Feeds from the Common Feed List” and click Next:
- Check the feed you just added and click Next:
- Click finish, and then try another Send / Receive. You should find all your old feeds now begin to synchronize. You’ll only have to do this once, and you can now remove the feed you just added. But, if you just added Slick IT, why would you?
Hope this helps!