Weblog:   Business Week on Amazon/EBay Web Services
Subject:   Hailstorm
Date:   2003-12-17 15:15:32
From:   anonymous2
I can't say that this is anything new. Microsoft itself recognized the value of the Internet OS a few years ago with Hailstorm, or .NET My Services. The fact that it didn't fly was a matter of business model and customer reluctance - this won't be the case forever.

Just so people don't think MS has been completely absent from this game, Tim always talks about MapQuest - but Microsoft has a complete (and very powerful) MapPoint API available at It destroys MapQuest.

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