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WinFS, which promised to be a radical new file system that was originally going to ship with Longhorn/Vista is apparently now even further on the back burner.

It’s been nearly a year since I wrote my entry about WinFS Beta1, but rest assured, we have been working furiously since then.  Today I have an update about how we are delivering some of the WinFS technologies. It represents a change to our original delivery strategy, but it’s a change that we think that you’ll like based on the feedback that we’ve received. 

As most people who read this blog know, WinFS has always been about many things – a new model to enrich how users manage information, rich storage technology, and sometimes also a packaging of technology.  The real change I am addressing today is in the packaging strategy. 

Link here (via /.).

Three years ago, we were on the brink of getting into the enterprise storage management space with a pretty killer product, but decided not to because “WinFS was just around the corner”.  Ooops. (What the heck, it was probably for the best, as enterprise storage management is a pretty rough place to be these days.)


Alex Eckelberry