WinFS File System Moves to Beta 1

by admin August 30, 2005 at 6:52 pm

Microsoft has taken WinFS, an advanced relational file system designed for the Windows operating system, to its first beta.

WinFS effectively glues the database indexing capabilities of Microsoft’s SQL Server database with the computer file system so that users can easily save and search for files, from photos to e-mail to documents and media.

WinFS will help users organize their data and allow applications to auto-organize their data on their behalf. For example, WinFS users will be able to build queries that exploit relationships such as “show me all mail from people I am meeting with this week,” Microsoft said in a note to the press.

Quentin Clark, director of program management for WinFS said in a statement the beta is available today to all MSDN subscribers.

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