This post is based on the what I have seen/heard about the RSS integration in Windows Vista.
The RSS integration in IE 7 or Mozilla is great but those subscriptions, from what I understand, are stored on the local machine. Since I am on different computers at different times of the day, it would be great to access my RSS feeds, IE favorites from any computer – similar to the roaming profiles in Windows 2003 which is obviously limited to computers in the same domain.
That is why I like Outlook Web Access. I am able to access my email, calendar and contacts from anywhere through a simple web interface. (Outlook with RPC over HTTP also works but you need outlook installed on the client machine.)
I recently installed a really cool news aggregator outlook add-in called RSS Popper. It creates a folder in Outlook and creates entries in subfolders from all my RSS subscriptions. Since this folder is accessible through OWA, I can read my RSS subscriptions from anywhere and not worry about missing anything. It has really changed the way I read RSS feeds. I can also save these RSS entries. I just drag and drop into my RSS Saved folder through OWA.
My IE Favorites have also been copied to a folder in outlook, which exposes it through OWA.
It would be nice if Windows Vista/MS Exchange had this type of “Global Personal Information Access” integrated and available through a central location with the least amount of work for the end user.
BTW, my USB drive holds amongst others my IE favorites and a copy of my contacts encrypted.
How do you manage your personal data?