RSS Features in IE 7 for XP and Windows Vista Beta 1


Hi! I’m Jane Kim, program manager for RSS in Internet Explorer. Now that Beta 1 of IE 7 for Windows XP and Windows Vista are released, I want to introduce to you to what RSS features that are available in this release.

We also posted this information to the IE blog, for those who don’t read both.

IE 7 Beta 1 includes initial support for discovery and reading RSS feeds. In Beta 1, we’re calling them “web feeds.” We’re still actively exploring what is the right name to use for RSS feeds, so if you have any ideas or opinions, please post to comments.


Discovering Web feeds


With previous versions of IE, it’s pretty tough to know when a web page has a web feed available. With IE 7 Beta 1, the header of the web page is scanned to see if the publisher has associated a web feed with that page. If a web feed is found, the web feed button on the toolbar lights up. In addition, the user can configure a sound to play when a feed is found, and the same of list of feeds associated with the page can be found under the Tools menu.


web feed button


Beta 1 of Windows Vista and IE 7 for XP currently supports the web feed formats RSS .9x, RSS 1.0, and RSS 2.0. As Sean mentioned, Atom 0.3 and Atom 1.0 support will come in a later release.

In a later post, I’ll describe how publishers can set up their pages to make this button “light up.”


There are a few settings on the Content tab of the Internet Options control panel (accessible via Tools, Internet Options) that let you turn on and off feed discovery, and make a few tweaks to its behavior.


Basic viewing of a web feed


When you click on a link to a web feed in IE 6 today you’ll see a very colorful, but ultimately not very useful view of the feed. With IE 7, we detect when a page is really a web feed, and we display a view of the feed that’s much easier to read. You can even add the web feed as a favorite for quick access, right from the page.

Here’s a web feed before IE7:


Pre-IE7 Feed


Here’s IE 7 Beta 1:


IE7 Feed


That’s the quick tour through the IE RSS features of Beta 1. For this release, we were laying the groundwork for the additional features to come. There’ll be more in Beta 2, both in IE and with the RSS Platform we talked about at Gnomedex, so keep an eye on the blog for updates.


– Jane

Comments (27)

  1. ro1 says:

    There’s a certificate error for this page.

    I got a marvellous alert in IE7 that the page "contains both secure and and non-secure content".

    That’s a very handy security alert there. Short, simple and uncomplicated.

    btw, your Feeds for this blog do not get formatted!

  2. Hi. i write here because something is happening with the connect.m….. to post my feedback.. It Will be great if you can add skins to the rss reader. By default the blue color skin to read the rss contents and no the XML is great but personalization for this will be great.

  3. Just a few questions…

    Does the ‘Basic viewing of a web feed’ can be disabled? I think some technical users might want to see it as-it-is.

    Does the ‘Basic viewing of a web feed’ apply only to web feeds or, in general, to all XML files?

  4. rss says:

    Simone – If you want to see the XML version of the feed, you can right-click on the page and select "View Source." You’ll see the original XML in whatever editor you’ve configured.

    Ruben- We’d love to add customization to the feed view. We know people want it, but we may not get to that feature in this release.

    Thanks for the feedback!

    -Sean

  5. I just want to cast my vote too for customizable RSS views. It’s that type of flexibility that will fuel wide-spread use of the RSS features in IE7. Another must is to have an easy way to build a list of favorite feeds, and with one click on the name of that list in my Favorites menu, load up each of those feed views in a separate new tab.

    On another note, I just implemented the recommendations from the "Windows RSS Publisher’s Guide, Part 1" for my blog, ‘Officer Joe’s Vista Patrol’ ( http://vistapatrol.blogspot.com ).

    Thanks for the very helpful and detailed guide.

  6. Mischa H. says:

    Hi, Firts off, Great work!. I love the RSS support. But I seem to have some issues with some common RSS feeds. I am trying to get NASA feeds. They are compliant and are RSS 2.0. but neither IE7 nor Vista Beta 1 or 2 and the RSS Gadget can seem to read them. The feeds in question are here http://www.nasa.gov/rss/index.html

    Are there still some issues with support for the common RSS .9, 1.0 or 2.0?

  7. MstrControl says:

    Apparently it’s still a bug. It doesn’t recognize RSS correctly yet.

    As you can see even here (http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/Rss.aspx), while other feeds work fine like this (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/community/iemvp.xml).

    But this last one uses an XSL called RssPretty.xslt.

  8. RSS Bandit says:

    Sean…

    We’d love to add customization to the feed view. We know people want it, but we may not get to that feature in this release.

    Easy. just honor any xsl stylesheets that are found (you already do it in IE.6)

  9. Partha says:

    Hi I was wondering if we have any RSS add-ins for IE6. Any beta or rlease version for IE6 would be of great help.

    Thanks.

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  14. RuleZ023 says:

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  15. RuleZ023 says:

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  19. Glen says:

    Good design!

  20. RuleZ023 says:

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  21. Hi! I’m Jane Kim, program manager for RSS in Internet Explorer. Now that Beta 1 of IE 7 for Windows XP and Windows Vista are released, I want to introduce to you to what RSS features that are available in this release. We also posted this information