Do you ever wonder how alot of bloggers seems to know when downloads become available on the Microsoft Downloads site? And blog about it almost instantly. I am not a download chaser myself, mostly because I don’t have the stamina to check up on the latest news often enough. And to be clear, I think a simple blogpost about an available download that might interest the audience of the blog is a perfect way to make people aware of the download becoming available. In fact, an RSS feed over latest downloads is exactly what I’m missing at the Microsoft Downloads site. Unfourtunatly, even in the new Silverlight version, Microsoft doesn’t provide it. For now the only thing you can do at the site is to use the advanced search features to look for recent additions. For example:
You could sign up for the weekly download notifications newsletter, but it’s not nearly as useful and doesn’t allow you to receive truly targeted conent.
Luckily, I’m not the first to miss an RSS feed over latest downloads, this feed will keep you up to date with the latest downloads. It won’t let you define keywords like BizTalk, but you can live without that… As far as I know, it’s not an official feed, and not connected to the actual download site, and as such it can at times be a bit (hours to days) behind on the very latest downloads just released.