Windows Live

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-06-27 Print this article Print

There was a lot of talk at TechEd about how all the data generated by Windows Live services was complicating the idea of WinFS as a single relational store. Was that a contributing factor to move in the current direction? The primary contributor to our decision was how best to enable the data platform stuff as embodied in SQL Server, so that was a primary driver and designed to meet customer needs. We get so much feedback about the struggle between structured and unstructured data and how they can be tied together as well. Customers have all this data in their database and all this information in files, all of which is actionable and critical to their systems and they want to know how they can bridge those together.
How will Windows Live services now be able to take advantage of the WinFS technologies?
This is something we are still working on. We think there are good opportunities in the information space, but this is something that is in process and that we are still looking at. There is talk that this decision was in part based on the fact that the WinFS code was simply not up to scratch and the team needed more time to work on it rather than admitting beta two would take longer to be released than planned. Is there any validity to this? Not really. You have to step through the decision-making process: Once we got the feedback and saw that there is a real customer pain-point in managing the data that is out there, then we have to look at the most impactful, large-scale way we can address that, and then you have to prioritize to deliver on that. Given the huge role SharePoint is playing in Microsofts future, some say we will see many of the features that would have been found in the stand-alone WinFS show up there. Is that a fair assessment? Well, SharePoint runs on top of SQL Server and there is lots of synergy between those two teams. eWEEK Labs recently reviewed Office SharePoint Server 2007. Click here to read more. But we look at SharePoint and SQL as a package of things together, and it is premature to talk about specific features being found in one rather than the other. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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