Posted by: kurtsh | January 11, 2006

INFO: Using the RSS feed from MSN Spaces on Windows Mobile/Pocket PC

I’m a long time user of Newsbreak, Ilium Software’s RSS Newsreader for Windows Mobile 2003.  Yes, yes, yes – I know that there are arguably better solutions out there.  PocketRSS is the one people constantly cite (which I ALSO have loaded) but I have to tell you that the user interface on PocketRSS is so congested with crap, and it makes you feel like you’re doing unnatural things just to a) look at a feed and b) read an article.
 
The problem is that if you subscribe to an RSS Newsfeed from MSN Spaces (usually using the format: http://spaces.msn.com/members/BLOGNAME/feed.rss) sometimes you’ll find that your newsreader in Pocket PC suddenly won’t update/refresh the channel’s content.  I’ve been dealing with this for a very long time without
resolution.  I even went so far as to install another RSS newsreader.
 
I eventually contacted Ilium Software, the writers of Newsbreak, my RSS Newsreader and they responded that this is a known issue.  It has to do with Internet Explorer which is used to display content within the newsreader.  Basically, the solution is to clear out the cache completely of Pocket Internet Explorer on the Windows Mobile 2003 device and you’ll find that the RSS feed will be pulled in.
 
The problem is basically that if Internet Explorer has logged into MSN Spaces before, there are a set of cached credentials that reside on the device that interfere with the access of the RSS feed from the Pocket PC.
 
In any case, I thought I’d document this so that someone else might search and find it because frankly, I searched all over the web and couldn’t see this documented anywhere.

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