I use the Windows Live Mail client (available from Live Downloads) to read all of my RSS feeds. One of the things that bothers me about RSS is how the feed doesn’t contain the entire item, so you get something like this:
The strangest thing happened the other day when I combined an olive, a cyclist and a … (read more)
Now you’re forced to view it online, and you have to open a web browser. Windows Live Mail has a feature that allows you to view the webpage in the mail reader.
Simply check the “Show articles as web page, instead of summary”. Now instead of loading in the RSS feed summary, that blog post opens directly in the mail client. I find this works out great for those short feeds as above, or perhaps as a photo blog where they show their small un-viewable thumbnail in the feed.
Where it breaks down is when the post has a lot of comments, they are all loaded as if you were looking at the webpage. Additionally, I don’t think this works with offline viewing, but it’s a time saver while you’re connected!