WinFS To Be Available on Windows XP

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Microsoft is back-porting its WinFS file-system technology to Windows XP, the same way that it is doing with its Windows presentation and communications subsystems, according to company officials.

The acknowledgement is significant, given that Microsoft has been reticent to offer any details on WinFS since the company decided in August to cut the WinFS information storage and retrieval feature from both the client and server versions of Longhorn.

Longhorn client is set to ship in 2006; Longhorn server in 2007, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft decided to back-port both Avalon and Indigo to older versions of Windows — Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 — in order to maintain backward compatibility and help seed the application-development market, officials said. But it made no such promises for WinFS, which resulted in many developer, customer and industry-watcher questions about WinFS’ fate.

WinFS isn’t dead, Tom Rizzo, Microsoft’s director of product management for SQL Server, recently told Microsoft Watch. In fact, Microsoft is planning to provide an update on the technology at this year’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in September, he said.

Rizzo said that Microsoft is busily back-porting the WinFS file-system technology to Windows XP.

It’s unclear if Microsoft also is porting WinFS to Windows Server 2003, but such a move would be likely, given that the Redmond software vendor is doing so with Avalon and Indigo.

The end result? Nearly all of the “original” Longhorn technologies are going to be made available for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. There will still be some technologies unique to Longhorn, namely, the “Fundamentals.” But will that be enough to convince users to upgrade?

Source: Microsoft-Watch

Tip:Automatically Adjust File Explorer Column Widths

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When performing file management operations in Windows Explorer with the Details view, it can be very distracting if narrow column widths partially obscure some of the information in the columns. On the other hand, one of the columns may be so wide that it pushes the other columns off the screen.

As you probably know, you can manually adjust the width of columns by using the mouse. To do so, first position the cursor over the column divider. When the mouse pointer turns into a doubled-headed arrow, just drag the pointer to enlarge or shrink the column.

In addition, the following two tricks can save you both time and frustration. First, when the mouse pointer turns into a doubled-headed arrow, simply double-click the column border. When you do, Windows XP sets the column width to a size just wide enough to display all of the data in the column.

Second, you can automatically change all columns to the optimum width by pressing [Ctrl] and [+] on the numeric keypad. Windows XP will automatically adjust all columns.

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