Reference: 1995 Bill Gates Internet Tidal Wave Memorandum

Memoranda
US DoJ Online Copy

Phi Beta Iota: Although labeled Confidential the document that we link to is publicly available at the US Department of Justice web site.  Below is a summary of what we took away from this document, which was prescient by most standards (www.oss.net was created in 1993 by Dr. Eric Thiese, then the Internet Editor for WIRED Magazine).

Early points of interest to Bill Gates:

01)  Scale to Infinity and Beyond
02)  Traffic volume and speed
03)  Content enhancement including 3-D visualization
04)  Marginal cost of added communications use zero
05)  Content-user feedback loops create the tidal wave
06)  Client services must follow, help create and publish on the web
07)  Technical Challenge:  Real-time content
08)  Technical Opportunity:  Human in the loop on tap 24/7
09)  Open source alternatives to the commercial internet “scary”

Internal Action Areas Identified by Bill Gates:

01)  Servers
02)  Client PC’s (Internet would extend life of PCs)
03)  File Sharing
04)  Forms/Languages
05)  Formats
06)  Tools

Areas for Immediate Consideration:

01)  Office on to the Internet
02)  MSN scaling up
03)  Broadband media
04)  Electronic commerce

Cool Reference:

Application Strategies for the World Wide Web by Peter Pathe

Internal Challenge:

Coordinating various development activities across a very large complex global enterprise