Microsoft’s Start.com is a very pleasant departure – it has a very simple, clean design and, though still in beta, works well in Firefox (though not in Safari)! That in itself is unusual for a Microsoft application.
Start.com is an RSS aggregator (similar to Bloglines) with an AJAX interface so it is fast. Click on the Start link in the top left to see aggregator functionality – you can add feeds, browse the pre-included feeds or import your OPML file to quickly get all your own feeds in.
The site is extremely clean in Firefox on the Mac (see below) because a lot of the modules don’t display (!) but even so, it is just funky enough that I’ll be checking back from time to time to see how it is progressing (and to see if they have added Mac support!).
This is how the Start.com site looks in Firefox on the Mac:
Whereas this is how it looks in Firefox on the PC: