The Channel 9 Team wrote:
3.) We originally planned to ship a new data storage system codenamed “WinFS” when we released the Longhorn Client. In order to deliver Longhorn’s innovations to customers as quickly as possible, we now intend to deliver WinFS after the initial availability of Longhorn client. We continue to be committed to WinFS. It is expected to beta when Longhorn client is broadly available.
What does this mean for Longhorn? It won't be there at first, but then it will be added later.
Will it mean that in the first release we can say good-bye to the file stores such as contacts? (I was really getting excited about some of that stuff).
Secondly what does it mean for Longhorn after WinFS is out and about? Does longhorn then become complete, as in it will then have all its intended 'pillars' (was it three or four pillars)?
I can wait an additional year for WinFS, but there is very little point to it if I cant get the same (or better) user experience that I could have if winFS did ship with Longhorn in '06. I see the intergration with windows (as if it had been shipped w/Longhorn) as important - Windows itself, from explorer to msn, to the photo editor, needs to fully exploit it.
Maybe most of the stuff that is exciting to the end user can be done without WinFS, I really dont know. However it would be apperciate if what this meant for Longhorn (with and without WinFS) was explained.