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  What's in Store
WinFS and WPF offer dramatic new opportunities for information management by merging the traditional world of relational databases with end user data and offering new opportunities for interaction and visualization.
WinFS Sync has no knowledge of the network configuration or the transport that will be available for communication of the changes.
WinFS is key because it has significantly rich data and new organizational constructs powered by a relational engine.
blogs.msdn.com /winfs   (8426 words)

  Britain.tv Wikipedia - WinFS
WinFS was initially planned for inclusion in Windows Vista, and build 4051 of Windows Vista, then called "Longhorn", given to developers at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference in 2003, included WinFS, but it suffered from significant performance issues.
WinFS stores are exposed as shell objects, akin to Virtual folders, which dynamically generates a list of all items present in the store and presents them in a folder view.
WinFS uses a relational engine, which is derived from SQL Server 2005, to provide the data relations mechanism, as the relation system in WinFS is very similar to the relation system used in relational databases.
www.britain.tv /wikipedia.php?title=WinFS   (4332 words)

 WinFS Data Model
WinFS is a storage platform to organize, search and share a wide diversity of information.
WinFS data model expresses a set of modern storage concepts featuring a combination of the file system services and the relational system to provide a new powerful and enhancing storage platform.
The WinFS Item may be expressed in XML, object-oriented or tabular manner which allows the WinFS functionalities to be used in a variety of heterogeneous environments.
www.c-sharpcorner.com /Longhorn/WinFS/WinFSDataModel.asp   (2116 words)

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Since WinFS is implemented using database technologies, you get an efficient and flexible mechanism to query for data items, the ability to replicate data to stores on other machines, and facilities to handle backups and restores.
WinFS uses a naming scheme that allows you to identify both the volume and a backslash-delimited path to a folder.
WinFS provides you with all of the features you need to have persistent items that can be categorized and searched for based on properties of the item type.
msdn.microsoft.com /msdnmag/issues/04/01/WinFS   (4358 words)

 bit-tech.net | WinFS is not quite dead, but mostly
It seems like the whole project was just too ambitious to be pulled off, although much of the end-user functionality that WinFS was due to provide to Vista will still be there, to some degree.
WinFS was going to provide an object-oriented, database driven access layer to the NTFS file system.
Microsoft has said that elements of WinFS will be incorporated into a future version of SQL Server.
www.bit-tech.net /news/2006/06/26/WinFS_is_not_quite_dead_but_mostly   (240 words)

 Jon Udell: Questions about Longhorn, part 2: WinFS and semantics
WinFS is going to enable numerous application scenarios that simply are not practical to implement with today's technology.
WinFS is not based on RDF, of course, but they both share similar data models.
When you start to imagine what it would be like to extend WinFS stores to publish and synchronize data with one another, or alternately imagine a "personal semantic web," you can begin to see that the visions have some serious overlap.
weblog.infoworld.com /udell/2004/06/07.html   (1106 words)

 Microsoft dishes up test version of new file system - Operating Systems - Breaking Business and Technology News at ...
Of WinFS, the company said only that it would be in beta form by the time Longhorn shipped.
WinFS was originally touted as a system that would enable better desktop-file searching in Longhorn.
For example, rather than entering shipping information in an ecommerce application, with WinFS, someone could simply click on his or her own card in a central address book and the information would be transferred to the appropriate place, Clark said.
software.silicon.com /os/0,39024651,39151807,00.htm   (894 words)

 VistaDB - VistaDB vs WinFS
The much anticipated WinFS file storage system that was to be the next generation of data storage in Windows Vista has been dropped.
WinFS is essentially a sub-set of SQL Server that sits on top of NTFS to let users manage files on computers much the same way database developers manage tables and records in a database.
WinFS is an exciting technology and as WinFS becomes mature in years to come, we will take full advantage of it so that when WinFS is finally available, VistaDB users will benefit from WinFS without having to rewrite their.NET applications.
www.vistadb.net /compare_winfs.asp   (405 words)

 Microsoft Highlights WinFS - Technology News by TechWeb   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The XML revolution and user interface [advances] are capable of bringing it all together," Microsoft Group Vice President Jim Allchin said during his Monday morning keynote at the conference in Los Angeles.
WinFS, which Microsoft has talked about for some time, will incorporate a single built-in search technology that will let users find all information related to their topic of choice, regardless of where it resides, said Hillel Cooperman, product unit manager for the Windows user experience.
The WinFS pitch was presented during demonstrations of the nascent Longhorn operating system, its Avalon presentation capabilities and Indigo communication capabilities.
www.techweb.com /wire/story/TWB20031027S0011   (272 words)

 New file system has long road to Windows | Tech News on ZDNet
The software maker has already decided that WinFS will ship separately from Longhorn, the new desktop version of Windows that is due in 2006.
Instead, WinFS may not debut in the operating system until the next decade, when the version of Windows beyond Longhorn, code-named Blackcomb, is slated to ship.
When it removed WinFS from Longhorn earlier this year, Microsoft said it would offer developers a beta version of the file system at the same time as Longhorn, but separate from the new OS.
news.zdnet.com /2100-3513_22-5487641.html   (1458 words)

 Microsoft cuts key Longhorn feature
The file system, dubbed WinFS, was touted as one of Longhorn's key advances, along with advanced graphics and communications systems, an updated look and a simpler process for developing Windows programs -- all of which the company still plans to incorporate into Longhorn.
WinFS was intended to create new connections and relationships among otherwise distinct programs and files.
Even without WinFS, Poole said, the company has "high expectations for the amount of value that we're going to deliver in Longhorn." Longhorn should be on the market in the second half of 2006, he said.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /business/188339_msftcuts28.html   (1489 words)

 FTPOnline - Inside Longhorn Architecture
WinFS is a new set of Longhorn services that provides a flexible data store managed by Windows.
Update: WinFS will be released separately from Longhorn at a later date.
WinFS not only performs the operations of traditional file systems (managing files and folders), but also provides universal unified storage models for entities such as Images, Documents, Places, People, and so on.
www.ftponline.com /resources/longhorn/winfs.asp   (676 words)

 Microsoft Begins To Test Delayed Windows File System - News by InformationWeek   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The final version of WinFS will be available sometime after the arrival of Windows Vista, the desktop operating system due late next year.
Using WinFS, programmers will be able to write apps that draw on common lists of contacts and other data stored in Windows, says Quentin Clark, Microsoft's WinFS program management director.
Even though WinFS and the APIs to its functions are designed for the Vista client, developers won't be able to run the WinFS beta on the beta version of Vista, which Microsoft released last month.
www.informationweek.com /story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=170101469   (570 words)

 What is WinFS? - Neowin Forums
For example, in "WinFS" it is easy to search files based on their content and other criteria such as file name, title, author, or date of publication.
Advantages are largely because "WinFS" data is schematized, and the items can be related to each other in more than one way and, therefore, can be searched in multiple ways.
WinFS allows you to sort files into a hierarchy on the fly, by means called dynamic sets.
www.neowin.net /forum/index.php?showtopic=111679   (1456 words)

 WinFS - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
These files are stored in secured folder named "System Volume Information" placed into the volume root, in folders under the folder "WinFS" with names of GUIDs of these stores.
This is done by the use of schemas.
In addition, WinFS provides services to automatically synchronize items in two or more WinFS stores, subject to some predefined condition, such as "share only photos" or "share photos which have an associated contact X".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/WinFS   (4339 words)

 Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows: Windows Storage Foundation (WinFS) Preview
RFS morphed again, this time to WinFS (Windows Future Storage), and instead of being incorrectly labeled as a new file system, it would be a storage engine built on top of NTFS that would include virtually all of the functionality that was originally promised for OFS a decade ago.
The biggest splash for WinFS, of course was at PDC 2003 (see my show report), when Microsoft began publicly revealing technical details of the technology for the first time.
Installing WinFS Beta 1 on Windows XP WinFS installs (Figure) like any application does--it requires a very specific (and new) version of the.NET Framework (2.0.50215.322), however, and can only be applied to NTFS-based systems--and then requires a reboot.
www.winsupersite.com /showcase/winfs_preview.asp   (2512 words)

 WinFS Home Page
"WinFS" is the code name for the next generation storage platform in Windows "Longhorn." Taking advantage of database technologies, Microsoft is advancing the file system into an integrated store for file data, relational data, and XML data.
"WinFS" (Windows File System) is the storage platform for "Longhorn." This article, a preliminary chapter from the updated Windows User Experience guidelines, presents an overview of "WinFS" and how it makes possible a better experience for both you and your users.
The new file system, code-named "WinFS," allows the user to perform searches based on the metadata of the stored item, regardless of what type of file it is or which application created it.
www.c-sharpcorner.com /Longhorn/WinFS.asp   (511 words)

 CRN Microsoft To Ship Longhorn in 2006 -- Without WinFS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Instead, Microsoft will deliver WinFS after the next major client OS ships in 2006, Microsoft said in a press release Friday.
Microsoft could not say when WinFS will be available, but claimed the decision to delay the file system was because it has revised its plans and will now offer a WinFS server as well as a client.
Sullivan would not comment on whether the delay of WinFS would impact delivery of other planned server applications that intend to make use of WinFS including "Kodiak," what was to be the next-generation Exchange Server.
www.crn.com /showArticle.jhtml?articleID=45400013   (674 words)

 WinFS Directory - Microsoft WinFS articles, WinFS blogs, WinFS downloads, WinFS newsgroups, WinFS webcasts and more.
PC Pro - 08/25/2006 - Exit WinFX, enter.NET 3 - WinFS was removed as a core part of Vista last summer, although at that time Microsoft was promising it would continue to be developed "out of band" and be delivered later as a download.
WinFS is not a file system, but a file storage subsystem that will run ontop of the NTFS file system, indexing the content of the drive.
WinFS tries to bridge the worlds of traditional relational databases, objects, XML, and file systems of unstructured documents with the concept of metadata over files.
www.winfsdirectory.com   (885 words)

 Microsoft's New WinFS Gets the PDC Buzz
The WinFS storage system's abilities represent some of the best of 15 years of development of the SQL Server database tools, said Gordon Mangione, corporate vice president of Microsoft's SQL Server database team.
During his keynote address introducing the pre-beta build of SQL Server Tuesday, Mangione said the WinFS storage platform in Longhorn with SQL Server running on top is designed to categorize information in multiple ways and relate one item of information to another -- a key function for a coming era of Web services.
Microsoft said Longhorn's ability to synchronize WinFS systems to existing data sources is a great opportunity to build what it calls "synch adapters," which are tools that connect out to other systems and synchronize the data down to the type of data stored on the Windows file system.
www.internetnews.com /dev-news/article.php/3100821   (1124 words)

 WinFS Update
So while it is true WinFS shouldn't be protrayed as a relational file system, a relational file system is in fact what people were expecting.
When Windows stopped believing in the WinFS vision (at least for the next round of o/s releases) and Microsoft Business Solutions didn't pick it, the list of interesting internal WinFS customers was almost non-existent.
It's good to see SQL Server adopting the WinFS technologies, it means that parts of the vision will ship in a future version of SQL Server.
pluralsight.com /blogs/dbox/archive/2006/06/25/29108.aspx   (595 words)

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One of the causes of this problem is the fact that in order to find a file in a hierarchical folder structure, the names of the folders and files need to be meaningful in a consistent way.
WinFS will be targeting users who produce 100+ files or more on their system.
Assuming that WinFS is working, and a variety of information on each file is populated accurately and automatically over the course of using the system.
www.geocities.com /egrigg9000/winfs.doc   (2291 words)

 Farewell WinFS, we hardly knew you (and say cheese) - Computerworld Blogs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
WinFS was supposed to be the big change in how you managed your data.
A shame, WinFS was the most interesting feature of Longhorn for me. But still Vista will have better search capabilities, but it’s not WinFS...
Not only was the original concept of WinFS pretty difficult from a technology point of view, but people at Microsoft suddenly thought: 'Hang on.
www.computerworld.com /blogs/node/2840   (1611 words)

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