Saturday, June 24, 2006

WinFS is The Dead.

What's in Store : WinFS Update

I just read this blog article a few minutes ago. Here's a few choice quotes:

As most people who read this blog know, WinFS has always been about many things – a new model to enrich how users manage information, rich storage technology, and sometimes also a packaging of technology. The real change I am addressing today is in the packaging strategy.

What's in Store : WinFS Update

These changes do 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.

What's in Store : WinFS Update

That, my friends, is a really fancy way of saying that "WinFS is dead."

Look, I hate to break it to you, but you set out to build a "relational file system."

You're not delivering that product anymore.

That means its dead. How you managed to write -- lemme count -- 7 paragraphs about it is beyond me, because most of them are composed of, "Yeah, its dead, BUT..."

What you did do is gut an existing product, salvaged as much as you could, and abandoned the rest. That's admirable, but the original product -- and its dream -- is still dead. Just cop to it already.

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