WinFS is a file system for Windows based on Microsoft's SQL Server 2005 database. It was seen as an important innovation for the Microsoft operating system because a database engine is far more efficient at storing and retrieving data than the traditional filing mechanism used in current operating systems.
Industry observers have noted the difficulty in integrating a database into the operating system. The development of WinFS may have contributed to delays in producing the next version of the SQL database, SQL Server 2005, which is due to ship in early 2005.
Analyst firm Gartner urged users to standardise new PCs on Windows XP SP2. It said this would give users the flexibility to assess the Longhorn release while still running a supported Microsoft operating system.
"Those running XP will be using an up-to-date, fully supported operating system and will be able to choose between adopting the first Longhorn release or waiting for the release that includes WinFS," an analyst said.
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