A while back, there
were a some posts about NewsGator
being “too easy” to use, and people resisting reading RSS feeds in Outlook for
this reason. We’ve discussed the feature set of NewsGator many times…but let’s
talk more about integrating RSS with Outlook.
Today, some might
argue that mail and news are indeed two separate things; since RSS isn’t a real
part of people’s daily responsibilities, it’s not a big deal to open another
application to read news.
But what about moving
forward, with RSS becoming much more ubiquitous every day? You’ll have RSS feeds
from weblogs you read, maybe feeds from your internal build or bug tracking
systems, feeds from news sites, feeds from your product’s support forums. It
integrates into your work; it becomes part of your routine. At this point, when
RSS news is as much a part of your day as email, wouldn’t you want them all
integrated into a central information management point? Outlook is the obvious
place to see it all.
You’ll have information from multiple sources – your
email, mailing lists, exchange public folders, RSS feeds – all in one
place. No need to explicitly convert
between them. You want to email a weblog
post to a friend? You click forward. You
want to post a mailing list item to your weblog? You click “Post to weblog.” You
want to reply via email to a weblog post? You click Reply.
And it’s all here today.