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Microsoft Kills Big-Bang WinFS

New news on WinFS.

Microsoft no longer plans to cough up its promised it-slices-it-dices-now-how-much-would-you-pay data store technology as a single deliverable, according to Quentin Clark's WinFS blog posted Friday

Wrote Clark, packaging changes " mean that we are not pursuing a separate delivery of WinFS, including the previously planned Beta 2 release. With most of our effort now working towards productizing mature aspects of the WinFS project into SQL and ADO.NET, we do not need to deliver a separate WinFS offering."

Some of the promised WinFS file system functionality will show up in the next SQL Server—aka Katmai as well as the evolving ADO.Net. ADO.Net is basically Microsoft's object library of choice for data access.

All of this just goes to show that WinFS is nothing if not in flux, as it has been since it's big public coming-out party at PDC a few year's back.

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