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While Windows XP didn’t deliver much in the way of .NET functionality, Microsoft had other plans to push forward with web services via a new initiative codenamed “HailStorm.” Yes, with that capitalization.

“HailStorm is a key milestone to deliver on the Microsoft mission to empower people through great software, any time, any place, and on any device,” Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said at a campus-based press conference in March 2001. “We believe this innovation will take individual empowerment to a new level, create unprecedented opportunity for the industry, and trigger a renewed wave of excitement.”

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