Google is finally going Dashboard. This can hardly be a shock — the only shock is that it is taking this long. Also a little shocking that they aren’t, even at this early stage, opening up the dashboard to any RSS feed, but can that be far behind?
It’s an interesting balance right now. If they cripple their dashboard by not accepting RSS from competing email providers, etc., they will not maintain any kind of market share. Interoperability is king — but interoperable services are hard to make distinctive. That said, they’ve managed to make Gmail distinctive by providing useful tools, if they can do the same with a working dashboard/aggregator, they will be cooking.