WinFS Scrapped, Parts Sold For Junk

we are not pursuing a separate delivery of WinFS, including the previously planned Beta 2 release. With most of our effort now working towards productizing mature aspects of the WinFS project into SQL and ADO.NET, we do not need to deliver a separate WinFS offering … we are able to get the underlying feature work into Orcas and Katmai. It’s great technology and we are super-excited to be productizing this way.”

As Bill Gates hits the door, so goes his pet projects. A relational file system for the Windows platform stays but an elusive dream

The official word from the dev team is that WinFS will no longer be developed as a relational file system, and all future betas are cancelled.

Expect to see a few more of Microsoft’s current “Big Projects” similarly given the “Chop Shop” treatment.

Update: David Hunter at Microsoft News Tracker adds:

Read McLaws’ whole post, because his major point is that WinFS was supposed to be a relational file system, not these two ancillary features. Touting the fact that you found these features in WinFS and are slapping them on SQL Server is rather like picking through a fast food dumpster and marveling that you found 2 French fries.

Update: Computer Guru at The NeoSmart Blog has a very detailed post about WinFS where some of the nuances are discussed.

What matters is, WinFS is really gone. It’s dead, and it’s not coming back for a long time. Microsoft may claim that it’s being chopped up into smaller pieces and being fed back to the community and Windows in various products and services – but just think about it: does it seem like WinFS could be delivered in bits and pieces and then build itself together? Does it even matter?

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UPDATE: It looks like The NeoSmart Blog went over his bandwidth limit. He’s down for now. UPDATE2: is back up. He says it’s because of those little sites like Digg and SlashDot. But we all know it was the flood of traffic from this site that was the straw that broke the camel’s back!

The Fishbowl takes Microsoft and the Dev team blog to task

scobleizer always has the inside edge on all things MS. He weighs in on the WinFS announcement. Some of the comments are pretty good as well.

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One comment

  1. lmao – I couldn’t bring myself to admit to eveyone on NST, but yeah, it was PoliTech that drove NeoSmart Technologies over the edge 😉

    Thanks for the link!

    NeoSmart Technologies


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