Imagine a Windows operating system that mocks the physical location of your files. So regardless of where you save a file, you can search, find and open it anywhere on your computer, so whenever you need to organize, manage or consult a file on your system, a single display enough.
This is the concept that is emerging in the first jets of Windows Longhorn, a future Windows 6. According to Microsoft, the operating system will bring together all the features of Windows XP and, most importantly, redesign the Windows file system for the first time since Windows NT.
According to an overview of a recent alpha version on the internet, the benefits of Microsoft’s new file system, called Windows Future Storage, begin to appear (although the current version does not use WinFS as the native file system) . WinFS is based on the next version of SQL Server (codenamed Yukon) and replace the old FAT (File Allocation Table) and NTFS (Windows NT File System) from previous versions.
WinFS introduces new data storage capacity to facilitate the search for files on the PC. For example, two new features called Windows Storage Full-Text Index and Windows Future Storage Services aim to considerably improve the Windows search. The new search dialog Longhorn gets rid of multiple options of Windows XP (file type, location, hidden files, etc.) and simply ask “What are you looking for?”. Longhorn provides examples of research that you can run, such as “What is a firewall?” or “Photos of John.”
Moreover, the structure of “virtual file” Longhorn to organize your files and then filter the views of your folders based on criteria that you stipulate. For example, you can organize your music files into the Music Library folder using the data album, artist, playlist, track, duration songs or genre, then filter the folder to display, for example, that the songs less than a minute. This is convenient if you want to get rid of such incomplete MP3 downloads or file corrupt songs.
In addition, it will be possible to use several criteria to “overlay” files in virtual folders. You can overlay your contacts (Longhorn includes a My Contacts folder that makes central office location for all entries in your address book, virtual business cards, etc.) by name, email address and home address, you can also overlay digital images by camera type or date a photo was taken.
This method is only a taste of the benefits Yukon and WinFS could provide, with the objective to obtain a structure of completely fluid files where you can access everything you need in context rather than simply per location. However, WinFS will undoubtedly increase the minimum system requirements for the operating system, its indexing system running continuously in the background …