This article in Wired points out that the consumer release of Windows Vista will almost certainly see the use of RSS reach a tipping point.
Save the date: RSS will go mainstream on Jan. 30, 2007.
That’s the day Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system hits retail shelves. Internet Explorer 7, the first version of Microsoft’s web browser with native RSS support built in, ships on the Vista desktop. As users upgrade to Vista and IE7 and discover the convenience and power of RSS, we can expect a huge upsurge in the popularity of syndicated information on the web.
It’s sometimes hard to remember just how far ahead of the curve you are if you use tools like RSS. But the coming weeks will see thousands of people seeing that little orange icon in their web browser for the first time and things can only get more interesting from here.