For the previous year-plus, I’ve been noticing a variety of Microsoft bloggers posting that their blogs have been both shutting down or transferring to personal/customized websites. For the ones folks who have come to depend on RSS feeds of MSDN Blogs and TechNet Blogs — the 2 major Microsoft product-information firehoses –to keep present, this building used to be greater than a little bit alarming.
No longer all Microsoft blogs are on MSDN or TechNet. Quite a lot of Microsoft product groups additionally use a variety of other websites to keep in touch with their consumers.
Some, like Home windows and Azure, proceed to run a couple of blogs at the centralized blogs.home windows.com and azure.microsoft.com website online. There is additionally a separate Microsoft 365 weblog at and a Microsoft Dynamics weblog feed. LinkedIn has its personal, a couple of weblog feeds. And Microsoft’s GitHub unit runs its personal running a blog websites.
This month, a number of the Microsoft developer blogs shall be transferring off MSDN and onto a brand new customized website online (URL nonetheless but to be printed), however Microsoft officers say their present RSS feeds will have to routinely redirect to the brand new website online.
The moving Microsoft weblog panorama appears to be the results of an ongoing effort through the corporate to wash up its weblog presence. There are some Microsoft weblog websites that have not been up to date in years and a few with little or no reader process. Irrespective of the explanations, it is increasingly more difficult to maintain.
A lot of Microsoft’s blogs are transferring and/or have already got moved to the Microsoft Tech Group platform. It is relatively tough to seek out the RSS feeds for those blogs. However there’s a method to subscribe to person Tech Group blogs through clicking at the down arrow subsequent to the phrase “Choices” in the fitting nook of every website online and subscribing to the feed. (Because of Richard Hay, @WinObs, for the end on that.)
An more straightforward method to stay up is through the usage of the grasp RSS subscription feed for the entire Microsoft Tech Group blogs. (Sure, this does exist. Because of @rpodric on Twitter who in some way magically knew the URL for this.) And for those who choose your weblog feeds in OPML shape, Richard Hay at ITPro nowadays has you coated.
And for any person who does not have already got a favourite RSS reader, I might suggest my private favourite, NewsBlur.