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RSS: Really Simple Syndication



TechNet provides RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds for its security bulletins, advisories, magazine features, and other security-related alerts for IT professionals. There are also less-technical security feeds designed for users at home. See the list of available feeds at the bottom of this page. All you need to take advantage of these feeds is an RSS-compatible browser or “feed reader,” such as the ones listed in the section below.

Why RSS?

RSS feeds deliver new content to you on the topics in which you are interested. RSS provides a convenient way to syndicate information from a variety of sources, including news stories, updates to a Web site or important bulletins. Most people take advantage of some form of feed-reader software to monitor updates to RSS feeds.

There are many different RSS-compatible browsers available, including Internet Explorer 7, now available for Windows XP and Windows Vista. If you’d prefer to use a standalone RSS feed reader/aggregator, here are a few that we’ve tested:

If you're using Microsoft SharePoint, you can get RSS feeds delivered to your SharePoint site using Tim Heuer's RSS FeedReader Web Part. The RSS FeedReader can be placed on a SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Web Part page or a Windows SharePoint Services team site Web Part page.

Or, if you're using Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services, you can get RSS feeds delivered via an RSS to DWP xslt developed by George Tsiokos. The DataViewWebPart can be placed on a SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Web part page or a Windows SharePoint Services team site/Web part page without any binaries, installation, or server configuration necessary. Just click Add Web Parts & Import. (It's free.)

How do I use RSS?

Whenever you see (or sometimes ), it should link to an RSS feed that you can subscribe to via your RSS client.

The basic process is as follows:
1) Copy the URL for the RSS feed you want to your clipboard.
2) Paste it into the “Add Feed…” or “New Feed…” dialog of the RSS feed reader of your choice.
3) Optionally, choose to refresh or continue/discontinue subscribing to the feed.

It works similarly in RssReader, RSS Bandit, SharpReader and most other feed aggregators; in FeedReader, for example, clicking the New button opens a "New Feed Wizard," where you paste the URL of your choice. It’s even easier in IE7—just click the link to view the feed.

Get the Feeds
For IT professionals:
TechNet Security Bulletin Feed
Security Advisories
TechNet Magazine: Security Features
Comprehensive Notifications (All Alerts)

For less-technical users:
Security At Home

Also available:
Recent Knowledge Base Articles

For developers, visit MSDN RSS Feeds for a complete list of feeds.

Please note: Update notifications delivered via RSS may lag slightly behind updates posted to the TechNet Web site. The latest security bulletins are always delivered to the TechNet Security Center Web site first.