Robert Scoble (who works at Microsoft) writes:
What’s the moonshot? A guaranteed Terabyte of Internet-based storage space for EVERYTHING and for EVERYONE running Windows in the world.
A simple vision. Yes, Mr. Gates, it’ll cost billions. We’ll need dozens, maybe even hundreds, of data centers around the world. All with state-of-the-art connections. All with state-of-the-art 64-bit servers. All with state-of-the-art backup systems. All with state-of-the-art power and cooling systems. All with state-of-the-art load balancing and data serving technologies. That stuff isn’t cheap. But I hear we have a few bucks we can use in such a “bet the company” effort.
In this terabyte, integrate all of the new Live services into one data store. A sort of “WinFS” for our server farms. Why shouldn’t Live Mail share the same data store as Live Local or Live Expo? Think about the searching, and data presenting, features our developers could build quickly if we had a common data store with a common framework and a common set of APIs!