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What is RSS?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) allows you to see when sites from all over the internet have added new content. On many sites it is set up so you can get the latest headlines and news stories in one place, without having to remember to visit each site every day.

How do I start using RSS feeds?

In order to receive RSS feeds you will need something called a news reader or aggregator. This is a piece of software that checks RSS feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added to them. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications. As with different types of email account, browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on one computer. Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer.

There are many news readers available. There are some examples listed on Yahoo!.

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want to receive, by finding and subscribing to the relevant RSS feeds. How each news reader handles signing up to feeds may differ but most allow you to drag or cut and paste the URL (web address) of the RSS feed you want.

How to subscribe to an MS Trust RSS feed

Click on the type of news you would like to subscribe to from the list in the panel on the right of the screen. This will show a list of recent news items in that section.

Copy the URL from that page into your news reader - eg for the News File items, the URL is:
http://www.mstrust.org.uk/news/rss/news_file.xml