I know Graham has recently posted some comments on the effectiveness of portals.. De-portalisation, and I agree with his post.
“the failure of the portal was the inability of the portal to get people to information quickly. Rather than using portals, people preferred search”
To often I find myself wondering around corporate portals trying to find the content that is relevant to me.
However, I do use the portal for my personal stuff, it’s a free service and its from Microsoft. They are now beta testing a lot of the Windows Live services and I’m very impressed.
Previously I had used a MSN as a homepage, and that served as a basic portal…
- ease of use – every favorite link would open in the same window!
- good themes
Now that has been replaced by Windows Live and it looking to be a great combination of services.
I still get the essentials in one place
- Clock – big so I see the time!
- All sorts of stuff on the other pages
- Contents moved and added on the fly
I also love the fact that the favorites widget, has a search function to it.
The type-ahead allows me to enter in a few key characters, a shortlist appears and I click the link, and that fires up in a new window – lovely!
But Best of all in my mind is the blog feeds.
I have several pages devoted to blog material, categorized in a sensible to the reader – ME!
- They don’t clog up a RSS client
- The “more” links use AJAX to expand the topics on the fly.
- Images associated with the posts are there with the post titles.
Also as an Internet service, it available from any device I choose to access the Internet.