Microsoft Edge Reintroduces Built-In RSS Feed: Followable Web

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds provide the latest content published by a website/domain so that you are always…

Microsoft Edge Canary

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds provide the latest content published by a website/domain so that you are always on top of things. Currently, there are many web-based and application-based RSS feeds available for free. However, Microsoft went a step further to integrate the RSS feed directly into their Microsoft Edge browser.

Microsoft has brought back a deprecated feature to Edge. However, the “Followable Web” feature has only been introduced to Insiders on Microsoft Edge Canary. That being said, the feature is part of “Controlled feature rollout” and hence is not available to all users on the Canary channel. So do not worry if you do not see it right away.

If you do get the feature, it will be enabled by default, thus you do not require to enable an experimental flag.

Background

Microsoft Edge Legacy earlier had the ability to update and notify the users of a new post that was published by a subscribed domain. However, with the introduction of Microsoft Edge Chromium, the feature was also left behind.

Then, according to various sources, it was understood that both Microsoft and Google were working on bringing back the feature to their respective web browsers. But the idea was later dropped and they did not continue with it.

However, now it seems that Microsoft went ahead with their plan and is all ready to test out their new RSS feed.

Who Needs RSS Feeds

In our opinion, RSS feeds are like newspapers, only digital. Like you get a copy of your “subscribed” newspaper on a daily basis, RSS feeds provide a digital copy of the latest publications from your subscribed distributer. Another key difference is that the RSS feeds are updated as new content is published, so you do not have to wait for the next day.

That said, RSS feeds can be used basically by anyone indulged in reading new content. May it be news about the weather, news about the stock market, new music, technological reviews, etc., you can be knowledgeable about the content that you care for.

How to Follow RSS Feed Using Followable Web in Edge

If you are not already using Microsoft Edge Canary, then you may download it using this guide. Once installed, head on to the website that you want to subscribe to. There, click on the Collections button from the top-right menu and then click Following from the expanded menu.

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Follow feed through Microsoft Edge

Final Thoughts

Previous, RSS feeds had gone nearly obsolete for some industries, which may be one of the reasons for Microsoft to delay their resurrection of the Followable Web feature. With gaining popularity, and not to forget the convenience of it, RSS feeds are now in use than ever before. We at Itechtics also use it!

If you are anxious about getting the feature on the stable version of Microsoft Edge, you can add an extension to it right now that will perform the same function as a dedicated RSS feed, without the hassle of navigating to another web page or an app.

You can download an RSS extension for Microsoft Edge from the Microsoft Edge Store.

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Subhan Zafar is an established IT professional with interests in Windows and Server infrastructure testing and research, and is currently working with Itechtics as a research consultant. He has studied Electrical Engineering and is also certified by Huawei (HCNA & HCNP Routing and Switching).

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