Microsoft axes WinFS data storage and management system

Microsoft has axed its WinFS data storage and management system, under development since 2003.

Microsoft has axed its WinFS data storage and management system, under development since 2003.

The product, which was released as a beta in September 2005, was designed to let users save and search for files across multiple applications.

Microsoft had promised that it would allow users to devise queries that exploited relationships that were hidden because the data was held in separate applications.

A posting on the software supplier's WinFS team blog confirms that the system will not be shipped, although elements of its technology will be incorporated into the SQL and  ActiveX Data Objects products.

WinFS had already been dropped as a planned component of the forthcoming Windows Vista operating system in August 2004. But whether Windows will ever include a relational file system remains unclear.

The blog posting says only that Microsoft is not ready to talk about what will follow Vista, adding, “The vision for a richer storage in Windows is very much alive. With the new tools for searching and organising information in Windows Vista, we are taking a good step towards that vision.” 

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