You may soon be giving virtual thumbs down to the topics and publishers you don't like.

While a news aggregate must use as many different sources as possible, it is also important that the user can customize what they see and what they don't. Microsoft now offers you the option to optimize your Windows 10 newsfeed in an upcoming update.

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Windows Latest got wind of this update for the first time. Microsoft is currently working hard to develop a new section entitled "News and Interests". It works similarly to other news aggregates by collecting headlines from your favorite topics and publishers, but it also shows you the local weather.

Microsoft is also working to make the News and Interests section as attractive as possible. For example, a recent update to the icon overhaul also allowed the primary color of the headline image of every news article to "bleed" into the user interface.

Related: Microsoft is redesigning Windows 10 icons

With Microsoft, you can now optimize which news topics you see and which publishers can use your feeds. To do this, click a button in the news feed that opens a new window in Microsoft Edge.

In this new window, Windows 10 shows you a few topics that may interest you. You can tick any that grab your attention to see more of it, and you can dismiss all the topics you'd rather skip with a single right. click. Once you know what topics to see, you can manually search for a topic to follow.

In addition, you can tell Windows 10 which publishers you prefer. The ones you choose have a better chance of showing up on your feed. If there are stinkers in the stack, you can add them to the blocked publishers list and they will never show up again.

The newsfeed stays up to date as long as it's closed, so you'll always have the latest news when you reopen it. Windows Latest found that it used about 150MB of RAM when idle. However, you can disable the feature, which will no longer use up your RAM resources.

If you are interested in giving this new feature a try, it is not yet available in the main office. It's slated to come out later in 2021. However, if you are part of the Insider Program, you can download the update and try this feature out right away.

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A helpful news aggregate will always put the user in control or at risk of their feed becoming filled with trash that they don't want to read. Fortunately, Microsoft's upcoming news feed seems to take this to heart and let you choose which topics and editors to adorn your eyes.

If you don't want to wait, you can use RSS to create your own news feed. The technology is getting a bit old, but it still does a fantastic job of helping you create your own news feed.

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How to create a real news feed with RSS

Combine RSS output with some third-party tools and create a single custom newsfeed that only contains legitimate stories that interest you. In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you how.

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