I run my own NewsGator Enterprise Server (NGES), and I have it integrated with my Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. I am able to create a "location" and have RSS feeds I subscribe to automatically entered into my Exchange mailbox. This way I can also read the feeds through Microsoft Outlook or the OWA.
When an item is read on the Exchange mailbox this status is synchronised back to the NewsGator Enterprise Server and the item is marked read in the database. NGES keeps all in sync, regardless of using the web interface, FeedDemon, or Outlook, very cool.
Now, this is the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 feature that caught my attention:
Outlook Voice Access: Users can access their Exchange mailbox using a standard telephone, available anywhere. Through touch tone or speech-enabled menus, they can hear and act on their calendar, listen to e-mail messages (translated from text to speech), listen to voice mail messages, call their contacts, or call users listed in the directory.
The whole process would be something like subscribe to feed with NewsGator, have the feed items deposited into Exchange mailbox, have items read to you through the phone.
I am not sure if this can be done with items other than Inbox only, but it could be possible at least with some coding required.
The whole thing looks like a personal podcast programming service to me. It could be something people listen while driving to work, instead of a radio show or a standard podcast download. The user would be creating their own programme based on whatever feeds they subscribe and synchronise to the Exchange mailbox, and each programme would be very personal. And it could be accesible from anywhere through a landline or mobile phone - even over VoIP of course. It could stream to a client ona PC
Some operators (Telecom New Zealand comes to mind) offer flat fee plans when calling a specified phone number, for example, and this would be handy.
Alas, can't test thing here for lack of hardware support, so the idea is up to someone else to try. If you do it, please post a comment and link here.
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