>Obviously, nobody talks about technologies that aren't ready to be disclosed publicly.
You forget PDC 2003. In hindsight those technologies (WinFS, which was later killed). And others, were discussed. Oh, and the PDC in 2001 where Hailstorm was discussed. In hindsight if Microsoft had kept developing Hailstorm (with a freaking better name) it
might have had a great answer to Amazon's S3, which is taking the startup world by storm right now.