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In addition to using Outlook to read your e-mail, new to Outlook 2007, you can also use it to read RSS feeds. In the Navigation pane, click on RSS Feeds, and you'll see a page in the Reading pane explaining it. It stands for Really Simple Syndication, and it's basically just a way to subscribe to frequently updated webpages, such as news and blogs and things like that, and download the content to Outlook or to any other RSS feed reader in one place. That we you don't have to go searching around on the Internet to different sites just to see it if they've got any new articles or not. The new articles, when they're available, will automatically be pulled in.
Now, lower down on this page, there's some feeds you can subscribe to. There's a couple of other ways to subscribe to a feed. But we'll start with this one. Let's just subscribe to the Inside Office Online blog. You just get a warning here that you should only subscribe to sources you know and trust. If you want, you can click Advanced to make some settings here, so you can change the name of it, change where it's stored, choose to automatically download Enclosures in the full article if you want as well. That might be useful if you're using a laptop and you want Outlook to go and get everything you need in the feed so that you don't need to be connected to the Internet to read the articles.
Click Yes to add the feed. And we'll connect to the feed and go out to the internet and download the various articles. So notice, it's grouped by day, so yesterday, Monday, so on and so forth. And this one is titled, " In case you didn't know..." Here's the first few lines of the article. If I want to read more, I can click on this link, and it will open up my web browser and take me to that article in the Office Online blog. You can also add RSS feeds by right-clicking on RSS feeds and choosing Add New RSS Feed.
Of course, you'll need the URL or a link to the feed. Another way to do it is from the Tools menu. You can go to Account Settings, and one of the types of accounts you can add is RSS Feeds. Notice the Inside Office Online one we've already added. We can click New to add another new feed. Where do you get these URLs with these links? Well, when you're surfing popular websites, you can look for the RSS icon, that orange icon, and it will give you the link to that feed so you can subscribe to it.
So you can just go Copy that link and then Paste it into the feed here and click Add. You can then choose to modify the settings if you want and click OK to add the feed. Now that we've added it, if you look beneath RSS feed in the Navigation pane, we can see 40 articles in here from digg. Digg updates very frequently, so there's a lot articles from digg at one time. In this way, you can use Outlook, not only to read and manage your e-mail, but manage your news sites and things like that as well and have all the stories you need in one convenient place.
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