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Microsoft.com: Microsoft Research Innovations Enhance Windows 2000

[ Thanks to David Culp
for this link. ]

David writes: “This does not have much to do with Linux, but
is quite funny. It details how MS has innovated again and
invented……the symbolic link.

From the MS page:
“Three years ago, Bill Bolosky and two Microsoft colleagues were
brainstorming technology advances when an idea occurred to them —
why not save operating system disk space by storing duplicate files
as links that point to a single file housed in a central
location?”

“Not only would this save storage space, they reasoned; it would
also result in substantial performance improvements. Moreover, it
would make it faster for information technology (IT) managers to
install computers for new employees since they’d no longer be
required to copy massive amounts of data each time they set up a
new desktop.”

“The three sent a memo to Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates
outlining the idea. Both Gates and the Windows 2000 product team
liked the proposal, and the Windows team asked Bolosky if he could
develop the feature himself. During the next 1-1/2 years, Bolosky,
a researcher in Microsoft Research’s Systems and Networking Group,
and three of his researchers worked full time with the Windows 2000
team to build the technology, now known as the Single Instance
Store.”

Complete
Story

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