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WinFS

(WINdows Future Storage) The code name for a unified storage subsystem that was expected in Windows Vista but never completed. Using a relational database and XML meta-data, WinFS was designed to go beyond the hierarchical view that Explorer presents to the user. It would have let users index and combine heterogeneous data formats such as files, folders, e-mail and contacts. Data would be searched like a search engine, which yields results in different formats (HTML pages, documents, etc.).

FS Is Not a File System
Because "FS" is in the name, WinFS was often mistaken for a new file system. WinFS was designed to sit on top of the NTFS file system, and software developers would write to the WinFS programming interface (API). See NTFS.
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Late in August, however, Microsoft said it would push back one of those features, the WinFS file system, while the Avalon graphical interface and Indigo Web communications framework will be released as upgrades to Windows XP
The WinFS storage platform in Longhorn with SQL Server running on top is designed to categorise information in multiple ways and relate one item of information to another, a key function for Web Services.
Longhorn's WinFS storage subsystem brings together content stored in silos and multiple schemas.