Microsoft Drops WinFS, Will Integrate Tech into Other Products

On Friday, Microsoft revealed through a corporate blog that it wouldn't deliver its next-generation storage engine, Windows Future Storage, as a separate product as previously planned. Instead, the software giant will ship WinFS technologies as part of other upcoming products, such as with the next version of SQL Server, which is code-named Katmai.

"We aren't pursuing a separate delivery of WinFS, including the previously planned Beta 2 release," Quentin Clark, a member of the WinFS team, wrote in the WinFS Team Blog. "With most of our effort now working towards productizing mature aspects of the WinFS project into SQL and ADO.NET, we don't need to deliver a separate WinFS offering."

According to Clark, WinFS work is ongoing at Microsoft. All that's changing is the packaging: Instead of shipping a WinFS deliverable that users could install on client and server versions of Windows, Microsoft will deliver mature WinFS technologies in the near future, then deliver less mature portions later.

This isn't the first major change to the WinFS schedule. Microsoft originally promised WinFS as part of Vista, then last year delayed the WinFS release until Longhorn Server's 2007 launch, promising that WinFS would be integrated with Windows at a later date. Now, it's unclear when or whether that will happen. But Clark suggests that work will continue. "Windows will continue to adopt work as it's ready," he wrote. "We will continue working the innovations, and as things mature they will find their way into the right product experiences--Windows and otherwise."

TAGS: Windows 8
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