In 2010, the IS Director of NASA was informed that the design integrity of the next generation Space Shuttle had been compromised. An engineering design assistant had suffered irreversible file corruption. It was close to the truth, his daughter had Bluetooth'ed a picture of the Bear in the Big Blue House into the Computer Aided Design Directory.
In 2009, Microsoft Corporation announced that for the quarter just ended, Windows Livemail user fees represented over 40% of sales for the first time. Eight years before on 25 February 2001, unconsidered comments were made by a Microsoft executive, who said the company was considering introducing fees for its free Hotmail service. It was one year after the dotcom crash and everybody, even mighty Microsoft, was pondering how to make some money on the internet. A stroke of genius, Hotmail now represents over 30% of Microsoft revenue. The Seattle giant had suffered from loss of revenue from software piracy for many years, and this services-led innovation enabled the corporation to grow sales explosively in the consumer market.
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