My original post was written in the comments to a post that Robert Scoble made about
popular Longhorn myths
. Then, Sam Druker responded to some of the comments.
If you really want answers on more specific questions go the the channel9 forums and ask (easier for me if they are all consolidated). I'm not interested in responding to trolls or debating marketing hype. If you have questions about what WinFS
is, can do, how application developers or users should adopt the storage platform or other technical questions, I'm game. Here's the video forums link:
So I came here and asked the same question. Which went unanswered in both places. So I made a "bump" post to get it back into view of everyone reading here and figured the best way to get someone to respond here would be to make it into a negative post. It
worked! Thanks for responding to negativity.
(btw I joined before you and I've posted 23 more times than you WTF does that have to do with my arguments?)
Web Fountain deals more with HOW we can search the data and how we aggregate the searches
using natural language
rather than dealing with how the data is stored. But they are developing it to deal with text data, both structured and unstructured. What does that have to do with WinFS? Imagine being able to type a letter to your family about a
recent vacation and have an application that parses through your letter and inserts the appropriate vacation pictures in the correct spots. e.g. You talk about how Uncle Bob fell off his chair and the system searches your vacation images for "Uncle Bob fell
off his chair" and finds the image with the metadata "Uncle Bob falls chair" attached to it.
OFS does have more similarities to WinFS, but it is enterprise oriented. There are TONS of document management systems out there for every platform. If you think WinFS will remain a desktop technology, I'd think you're mistaken. I believe the post-WinFS versions
of SQL server and Exchange will be based on WinFS. Meaning a WinFS search will not only search your files, but also databases and your email. It has always been feasable to include a DB file system in desktop systems. The BeOS system had one years ago. The
fact that Microsoft is coming out with one in six years doesn't mean that it's just NOW possible, it just means that Microsoft is making it a priority for their operating system.
There are tons of desktop oriented file searching applications. What I'm interested in is how WinFS compares to OFS and Web Fountain. What the differences and similiarities are. Why should I care. If I'm picking an Enterprise database file system (in six or
more years) why should I chose a WinFS based system over OFS?