Longhorn and WinFS

By Bryan Muehlberger, ITworld |  How-to

Microsoft's next major release of Windows, codenamed Longhorn, will come
packaged with a number of new technologies that you must make sure you
know about.

One of the new technologies being release with Longhorn is a new file
system called WinFS. WinFS is built upon NTFS and therefore has many of
the same security features of NTFS. However, WinFS is more like NTFS on
steroids because of the number of new capabilities that are now
available using WinFS.

WinFS is the active storage subsystem in "Longhorn" that is used for
searching, organizing, and sharing data. "WinFS" maintains a store of
items and their properties, and provides a system service in "Longhorn"
to retrieve information when it is needed.

WinFS is built upon the new SQL Server engine (codenamed Yukon) and is
the store for all types of data, whether structured, semi-structured, or
unstructured. For example, WinFS stores metadata information such as
author, title, date, etc. All of these attributes (or metadata) are now
easily searchable using WinFS. WinFS also defines the schemas for
contacts and calendar items.

Though the new capabilities of WinFS make Longhorn appealing to the
common user, the security features of NTFS will appeal to administrators
as well.

Join me next week when we discuss Longhorn's new display model,
codenamed Avalon.

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