Is WinFS dead?
Yes and No. Yes, we are not going to ship WinFS as a separate, monolithic software component. But the answer is also No – the vision remains alive and we are moving the technology forward. A lot of the technology really was database stuff – and we’re putting that into SQL and ADO. But some of the technology, especially the end user value points, are not ready, and we’re going to continue to work on that in incubation. Some or all of these technologies may be used by other Microsoft products going forward.
I really hate lying marketing drones pretending to be engineers. But when Engineers try their hand at corporate market speak, it’s just ugly!
They go on for a couple of paragraphs like this on the WinFS Team Blog. It’s kind of like watching a time lapse film of a car being stripped for parts. It’s neat to watch, but you know the guy doing the stripping is just destructive.