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Death of a thousand cuts

© June 2006 Anthony Lawrence

"It's just a flesh wound"

Was that the Black Knight of Monty Python's Holy Grail or the Microsoft Vista product manager?

Microsoft is now cutting WinFS from Vista.. I particularly liked Gartner's take on its demise:

"WinFS has long been a solution in search of a problem," David Smith, analyst for Gartner Inc., said Monday. "Vista beta has reasonably robust search. It's good enough, which is what people were looking for."

"Good enough" - such inspirational words. Worthy of the Black Knight, perhaps.

Another appendage chopped off was Monad, Microsoft's Unixy shell (it's not really Unixy at all, but because it uses at that awful character based command line, it attracted that modifier). Monad was cut because of security concerns.

I guess they dodged that bullet, but if Monad is so dangerous, can anyone tell me why it's apparently still going to be in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007? Let's see, is an Exchange Server apt to be a target? No, of course not! Great, let's put something we know is dangerous in it.

Some of the early security stuff has been chopped too, though most of that really had nothing to do with YOUR security, but rather was designed to keep you from stealing content. There have been more cuts: Secure ID, PC to PC Sync, EFI - but I'm sure that the Black Knight's chipper words apply:

"'Tis but a scratch."

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Wed Jun 28 23:12:28 2006: 2184   bruceg2004

Vista is starting to look like the "upgrade" from 98SE to ME. Some cosmetic changes (all inspired by Apple, of course) and a few other new things, but nothing worth anything. Are they still planning a new shell language?

- Bruce

Thu Jun 29 00:16:35 2006: 2185   TonyLawrence

Monad was the new shell.

Thu Jun 29 01:01:56 2006: 2186   drag

Actually it seemed much more like a new .NET scripting language that they were trying to pass off as a shell, but that's just me.

Thu Jun 29 11:03:10 2006: 2189   TonyLawrence

Yeah - as a shell, Monad stinketh, I think.

Fri Jun 30 11:30:11 2006: 2197   TonyLawrence

Now Office 2007 has been pushed back again, which may ripple to pushing Vista yet again..


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