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Chapter 3. Exploring Expert File and Folder Techniques

Chapter 3. Exploring Expert File and Folder Techniques

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Windows Vista was supposed to be the operating system that finally realized Microsoft’s long-sought dream of a major file system breakthrough. Windows Vista was supposed to include WinFS (Windows Future Storage), a file-storage subsystem that runs on NTFS. WinFS not only uses SQL Server–related technology to create sophisticated indexes of a wide variety of data—documents, images, email messages, and so on—but it also leverages the power of XML to create metadata schemas for your data. Metadata is information that describes data. For example, you could implement a Tags property. If you then applied the tag Budget2009 to all your data related to next year’s budget—Excel workbooks, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Access databases, Outlook email messages, and so on—WinFS would not only index all this content, but it also would relate them together based on the common Tag metadata.


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