Three things pushed me over the edge to this decision:
- Offline Readability: One of my long-standing reasons for using Inbox was that I could read feeds when not connected to the Internet. Living in a low-bandwidth country meant that there were LOTS of times I couldn't connect but wanted to write blog posts or read my feeds. Inbox also doesn't download the graphics in a post, which is a big plus in low-bandwidth situations. The announcement of Google Gears means that I now have that option.
- Distractability - Using Newsgator Inbox meant that all of my feeds came right into Microsoft Outlook. That has a lot of upsides. It kept all my communication in one place. It let me read my feeds offline. It has also become distracting to me. I end up spending too much time in the "mail view" and not enough time in the "task view". My mail view has gotten a little busy and I want to try simplifying things.
- Odds and Ends - I read a post from Tim Ferris this week on "How Robert Scoble reads 622 feeds daily." Scoble used to use Inbox, but changed to Google Reader "when the tools broke." He found that his previous feed list (1000+) made Outlook unusable, the PST files huge and reading difficult (see the video of the interview here). I've noticed that the Inbox add-in makes gives Outlook fits on occasion but chose just to live with it.
So, here goes; we'll give it a try and report back.