RSS in Outlook 2007 Q & A

Many of you have posted great comments and questions on our RSS work.  I wanted to take a few minutes to answer some of them.  If you have any more please let me know.

Is there any way to import feeds from OPML into Outlook 12?

Yes, it's built right into our Import/Export wizard, under File: Import and Export. You can also Export as OPML as well.

Great ideas Michael. I've been having some issues with the aggregator and certain feeds but will re-evaluate this with the B1TR build and see how I go.

There are several known bugs in the initial Beta 1 release in our duplication detection and item update code. We've resolved many of them in the B1TR build and I hope you can retry your feeds in it.

Will there be any way to import existing RSS repositories into your folder structure? For example, I'm currently using Omea Reader. If I switched to using the new Outlook RSS reader, I'd like to import all the posts I've previously downloaded into Outlook for indexing and future reference.

Unfortunatley there is no way to import that actuall RSS items from another applcation into Outlook. The only thing you can do is import the RSS feeds themselves. 

Will feeds sync to a mobile device, and be included as part of the DirectPush updates?

This is a great question. RSS items are just like mail items when they live in Exchange, so they sync up through the server and down to any device or client that connects to the store. To be clear, Outlook 2007 is the one doing the downloading and not Exchange, meaning you have to have the client open and running to get updates on your mobile device. I do this now on my smartphone, and it's a great way to read RSS on the go.

Can you subscribe to Authenticated feeds in Outlook 12?

We do not support storing third-party credentials inside of Outlook to connect to authenticated RSS feeds. We support BASIC and NLTM pass-thru, so you can connect to internal SharePoint feeds for example and they will use your Windows creds correctly.

Hope that answers some of your questions. Please keep 'em coming!

Comments (11)

  1. Brian says:

    Will there be a way to specify the storage location of the feed items?  In B1 everything was created under the root mailbox.  Today I use NewsGator because it allows me to put in a Personal Folder.  

    My organization has a 30 year retenetion policy on email, so I dont want all my feed items to become public record that is stored for the next 3 decades.

  2. Pete Miller says:

    I asked the question about Windows Mobile and the RSS items – thanks for answering so well.

    I know you’re not on the Exchange team but I think it’s a bit of a shame that there isn’t the option for Exchange to deliver the items to users’ mailboxes.  I take it you have outlook running on a machine somewhere when you’re mobile?

    Of course a 3rd party solution could be developed to deliver RSS in this way to mobile devices (not just RSS readers on the device) but it seems even more of a shame to not use this outlook functionality at all in order to develop a different solution that encompasses both.

    Could you see a 3rd party solution integrating with the RSS technology in Outlook well by, eg: delivering RSS items to their feeds in users’ mailboxes while the client is closed – and having Outlook realise that it has already received items, and not downloading others.  Sort of an add-on server.  Could it work? If so, I want to develop it!

    Pete Miller

  3. James Holderness says:

    FYI, the Atom feed for this blog isn’t valid. This particular entry has a double escaped ampersand in a title which should be plain text.

  4. Garry Trinder says:

    Has Feeds a seperate tab in the outlook bar? If not shouldn’t it considering it isn’t mail?

  5. Adam says:

    You should <strongly> consider adding support for authenticated feeds in SP1. Not everyone uses sharepoint :-P.

  6. whale says:

    Which feed formats will Outlook 2007 support?

    only RSS 2.0?

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