July 18, 2001
Through the looking glass of Microsoft's .NET
Author: JT Smith
Kelly McNeill writes "The recent troubles with MSN Messenger, in which it took Microsoft a week to restore full service -- and even then about 1 percent of users lost their buddy lists -- has some people doubting the future of the company's latest initiative, HailStorm. HailStorm, based on Microsoft's new .NET platform, is meant to be a giant database containing user-related information: credit-card numbers, calendars, contacts, e-mail, documents, and so on. Everything is going to be stored in a central location managed by Microsoft, if all goes according to plan ."