Shipping this product just doesn't make sense for microsoft right now. Where's the pressure in this market space? Microsoft can let someone else prove that the market exists. Remember the internet. There's a good chance that shipping WinFS now would
provide very little lift to the general acceptance of Windows for users or developers. But a few developers would embrace it, putting pressure on microsoft to keep supporting it.
Nevertheless, it may make perfect sense for microsoft to keep teasing the market.
That's just crying sour grapes. Microsoft is doing this "teasing" that you talk about at the expense of their own credibility. Microsoft isn't Google. Those tricks don't work.
You make parallels with the web, but is this a web service
that we're talking about? No, it's a client
. There's no point in waiting for others.
The problem isn't about general acceptance of Windows. It's about general acceptance of Microsoft.
I still say the glass is half full and can't understand why all of you say it is half empty.
We learned long ago that WinFS would not be part of Windows Vista. After TechEd I thought it was just 6 months behind Vista, so now it's going to be another 6 months.
At first the glass was full. Then we were told the glass is half full -- it won't make it in Vista. Nonetheless, it was still half full, so we were happy. Now we're being told that the glass is empty.
Did you actually read the WinFS blog entry? It doesn't say WinFS isn't making it into Vista; it says WinFS isn't making it at all.