Finally, the much anticipated Vista aka code name Longhorn component WinFS beta1 is relased bit early than expected. WinFS is the codename for Microsoft’s next-generation relational file system for Windows.
According to Quentin Clark, from his post in WinFS team blog, this release is a big milestone and the team is in the process of building-out the next version of ADO.NET to have new features that provide a data model, object-relational mapping, and flexible query infrastructure. The team waits for all the feedback.
Despite the early release, the WinFS still won’t be part of Windows Longhorn release. According to WinFS team member Tom Rizzo, ‘the end game for WinFS stays the same which is that WinFS will be in beta when Windows Vista ship‘