RSS on the Visual Studio 2005 Start Page


Here’s a neat little trick which a lot of people don’t seem to know about. 


The information provided on the Visual Studio 2005 start page comes from the MSDN Visual Studio 2005 RSS feed.  It turns out that the RSS source is configurable:


– Go to Tools->Options


– Select Environment/Startup


– Change “Start Page News Channel” to point to your favorite developer related RSS feed. 


While I’d like to suggest http://blogs.msdn.com/federaldev/rss.aspx, you might want to check out http://msdn.microsoft.com/aboutmsdn/rss/ for a good list of alternatives.  In case you decide that you want to go back to the orignal feed, just change the “Start Page News Channel” back to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=35587&clcid=0x409


-David

Comments (4)

  1. misterhaan says:

    unfortunately, a lot of rss feed urls (including the one from google reader) result in this generic error message:

    The current news channel might not be valid or your Internet connection might be unavailable.  To change the news channel, on the Tools menu click Options, then expand Environment and click Startup.

    it would have been much more useful if it wasn’t quite so picky about whatever it’s being picky about.

  2. the current news channel might not be valid or your internet connection might be unavailable, to change the news channel, on the tools menu click options, then expand environment and click startup. says:

    I ask how to fix from visual web developer 2005 express edition. its say me

    "the current news channel might not be valid or your internet connection might be unavailable, to change the news channel, on the tools menu click options, then expand environment and click startup."

    I doesn’t work my project from VWD 2005!!

    Please help me!!! hope to make solve it. I will continue to work it. I want to share that your courage with cooperation…..

  3. marie angeli sunico says:

    I ask how to fix from visual web developer 2005 express edition. its say me

    "the current news channel might not be valid or your internet connection might be unavailable, to change the news channel, on the tools menu click options, then expand environment and click startup."

    I doesn’t work my project from VWD 2005!!

    Please help me!!! hope to make solve it. I will continue to work it. I want to share that your courage with cooperation…..

  4. Ricardo says:

    The problem is the version of the rss, VS2005 uses RSS0.9x/2.0 some rss out there use rss 1.0