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Why RSS Reading In IE7 and Office 2007 Is Almost There But Not Quite

Outlook 2007 and IE7 have this nice ability to sync subscribed RSS feeds with each other. Subscribe in one and it appears in another. Lovely. Outlook also has the fastest OPML parser I’ve come across thus far. Feed it the OPML file for blogs.msdn.com (3000+ feeds and counting) and ten seconds later there’s a rather impressive list of feed to start pruning. IE7 also has a lovely nice, clean look for raw RSS feeds as well. But there are still some large kinks in the system and as I’m just a public tester with no way to log a bug other than unofficially through the smile program [http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/archive/2006/05/26/607768.aspx] and by adding trackbacks from this post to the IE team’s blog [http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/08/03/687029.aspx], here is my wishlist of things for both teams to work on before I completely get rid of RSSBandit [http://www.rssbandit.org/]which remains my feed reader of choice.

That’s enough for now. Seriously, I’m very happy that IE7 doesn’t treat feeds like Firefox does. The live bookmarks thing really doesn’t work for me and stinks of how channels worked in IE which was a blessing. But, and its a big but, they really need to iron this and a load more little things before it’s the nice user experience it could be. And don’t even get me started on blogging from Word….

Posted on August 5, 2006   #Geek Stuff  

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