There are plans to do the same thing i'm doing with the latest posts header ( http://ragtek.org/xenforo/ ) as a own page. (and the ajax auto reload will be included in the next weeks..)
But as usual, no release date ATM...
I think the people that are looking for an auto-update, latest posts page would be happy with something really basic for starters...I know I would. I need to get it crossed off my pre-convert requirements checklist.
It's on my immediate to-do list. Along with a million other things I need to port to XF, but have been ramping up the effort lately on it all, so hopefully will see a port of the Spy I made for vBulletin before too long.