In this article we will quickly cover the three basic functions that allow you to get input or output from Internet Explorer 8 (IE8). These functions are as follows:
- RSS Feed
- Get Mail
The image on the left is the icon representing the RSS Feed function. RSS
stands for “Really Simple Syndication”, but lately it also has come to mean “Rich Site Summary”. When you browse a site with RSS feed, this icon will change in color from it grey color to bright orange. At that point, you can click it and you will be able to subscribe to the feed using your RSS reader (mine is set through Google). Thereafter, any new update from the site will show up in your RSS feed. Thus RSS feed is a way to get input through IE8.
Next is the Read Mail function. This is tied to your default email program. On my Windows Vista machine, it defaults to launching Windows Mail. I don’t quite see how this ties to IE8, but I suppose it makes it convenient to have email readily available from the IE8 interface.