nektar wrote:Isn't really disappointing and ironic that you have been running Terraserver for almost 10 years without any customer product coming out of it and if it was not for Google and its maps, perhaps it might have stayed that way? Where was MSN all these years?
These are more blue sky projects, they are meant to feed technology into the product groups rather than being a product in it's own right. If you tie something like this to a commercial offering you lose the ability to make the experimental breaking changes.
To say that nothing has come from it is wrong, a lot of the scalability improvements of products like SQL-Server have come from projects like this.