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Outlook.com RSS?

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    exoteric

    Anyone know if outlook.com plans RSS support or perhaps already supports it - like the Windows client does?

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    ManipUni

    How would having one web-site pull in content from an RSS stream created by another web-site be useful? You can accomplish the same thing with a single XSL script or a browser plugin...   

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    kettch

    @ManipUni: Tell that to Google Reader. I'd find it useful. I use the desktop client for reading RSS, but it would be nice to have some way to sync my feeds and read status between the client and the cloud and whatever mobile apps I might be using to read.

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    giovanni

    @kettch: that would be a very good idea.

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    spivonious

    @exoteric:Wait, you want an RSS feed for email? I'm confused.

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    exoteric

    , spivonious wrote

    @exoteric:Wait, you want an RSS feed for email? I'm confused.

    No, I'd like the same feature that the Office Outlook desktop client has: to subscribe to and view news feeds. If it's integrated into the mail reading experience it's more likely that I (or anyone else, I suspect) will follow the news of interest than if it's a separate site like Google Reader. Just a thought.

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    spivonious

    @exoteric: Ah okay. I just use the RSS reader in IE.

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    Harlequin

    , spivonious wrote

    @exoteric: Ah okay. I just use the RSS reader in IE.

    What good does that do if you have 50 feeds? Have 50 favorites and hit them one by one?

    And even if you do have lots of feeds, you'd want a well organized RSS interface, e.g. groupings/folders, stuff like that. I myself use FeedDemon.

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    spivonious

    @Harlequin: I have 29 of them on my Favorites Bar, grouped into folders by category. IE bolds the ones with updates.

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    SeanMaloney

    If we could set up RSS feeds in Outlook.com, it would sync with every device I use, and articles I've read, would be marked as read on all my devices.  So I could easily switch between my Windows Phone, Outlook at work, Outlook at home, and Outlook.com (when I'm on someone else's computer).  This way, I won't miss anything and won't waste time scanning over stuff I've already read.

    Plus, having RSS feeds in Outlook.com means you can quickly find any previous article you've received because they are all indexed.  It also makes it very convenient to "forward" articles.  Instead of forwarding a link, your recipients receive part of the article, including images up top.

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    CSMR2

    No, I'd like the same feature that the Office Outlook desktop client has: to subscribe to and view news feeds. If it's integrated into the mail reading experience it's more likely that I (or anyone else, I suspect) will follow the news of interest than if it's a separate site like Google Reader. Just a thought.

    They put this in in Outlook 2007 but it was very broken and they never bothered to fix it.

    It wasn't integrated with Exchange so if the particular machine with the RSS feeds was not on you will miss RSS feeds, and if more than one instance of the software has the same RSS feeds you get duplication.

    The only way to get this to work properly is to put it into Exchange and their consumer email. But they have not bothered to do this since Outlook 2007, and there is nothing about this in Exchange 2013 that I can see, and I am not confident about expecting anything this decade.

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    SeanMaloney

    This is exactly the problem I would like to see resolved!  I shouldn't have to leave Outlook running for all my devices to stay up to date.  RSS feeds should be centralized, pulled by the mail server (Exchange and Outlook.com), not pushed to the server by the mail client.

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    katzav

    I am with you.

    I used to have that capability in Exchange. I would download RSS feeds using my outlook client into a folder. it would be synced using Exchange to my iPad and phone. So I could read, review and delete feeds on any device and have it synced. This is currently not supported as it seems.

    Microsoft, please bring that capability to outlook.com (sync another type of message but emails). I believe this is a good way to consume feeds and stay on top of them across all your devices.

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    digitalmoti​ve

    I am looking for this feature too. Google will stop the reader service soon. I was seriously thinking of migrate from Gmail to Outlook, but without reader feature in outlook, I will put the migration plan on hold for now.

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