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What does RSS (Really Simple Syndication) mean in Outlook 2007?

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RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’ and it enables users to have easy access to track and monitor information feeds such as news reports, web logs, forecasts and a whole variety of different services. RSS delivers this information is an XML (Extensible Mark-up Language) format. XML in its basic form is is a way of describing data. A user can then subscribe to an RSS feed using as application with RSS aggregation capabilities.


The benefit of RSS is that content from multiple Web sources can all be pulled to one place. You no longer have to visit different Web sites to obtain the latest information on your topics of interest. With RSS, summaries of content are delivered to you, and then you decide which articles you want to read or delete. It is exactly these capabilities that I’d like to outline in Outlook 2007. The RSS feature in Outlook is designed to provide the user with a consistent look and feel.


Step 1: Go to a blog that you would like to sign up to, then click on the link shown here as "RSS2.0". In some cases it is represented as an image.

Step 2: Copy the link

Step 3: Go to your Outlook folder structure and scroll down to RSS Subscriptions.

Step 4: Right click on RSS Subscription and select Add a New RSS Feed.


Step 5: Paste the URL into the text box, remember to use the RSS URL not the web site URL


Step 6: Choose to agree or disagree to the source trust notice.

Step 7: The new blog feed appears in your list


Step 8: Interacting with RSS feeds is now incredibly similar to managing your email.

Step 9: Sit back, relax and enjoy the read.

  • Hi Jo, I have had a few problems adding RSS feeds to mine. I reached a certain number of feeds and if I add anymore I get 'Outlook cannot proces the RSS content from http://blahblahblah (that's not a real feed!). The link may not point to a valid RSS source.' I know these feeds work and would like to know if anyone else has exprienced this?

    Other than that - it's a great idea because now I can sort through and read my feeds in a concise and efficient way.

  • Hi Susanne, I hope you are well.
    It would be useful to get a little more detail from you.
    How many feeds have you got at present?
    You mentioned that the RSS feed may not be a valid source, so what happens if you attempt to add one from a guaranteed source such as the BBC etc, does that give the same error?


  • Hi Jo,

    I currently have 11 feeds (modest eh?!) and I know that the RSS feeds I am trying to add are valid (including this site's!) but it doesn't help.

    I have even tried removing a feed and replacing it with another but it won't let me add.

    So the feeds I am trying to add are definitely valid (they are working in my FireFox browser) and I'm not overloading Outlook with too many feeds...

    Any suggestions?


    I've posted a blog for the Office Pioneer web site outlining what RSS means and how you can add...

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  • Is there a way to add an "Add to Outlook 2007" button to a webpae, like you can for google,, etc?