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Cashing In

Do you want to hand over your online purse strings to Microsoft?

This story appears in the September 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Ever dream of owning the printing press that cranks out money? Who hasn't? For most of us, that's a dream that will never come true.

But Bill Gates not only has the dream; he's got the plan. Before year-end, Microsoft will begin releasing the programming elements of a Web payment system called HailStorm. This is undoubtedly the most important part of Microsoft's long-term .NET initiative of selling its software as Internet services: It's how Microsoft will get paid. And Microsoft would like your e-commerce site to use its currency, too.

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