WinFS to be ported to WinXP?

That’d be cool. The article is questioning whether there would be value in upgrading to Longhorn if all of its pillars are available for Windows XP. I speculate that Microsoft will be first offering consumers an intensive to upgrade by offering a new user experience (Aero, new driver-support, multimedia device integration/support, OS componentisation, etc.). The transition will be tested through OEM-supported distributions before Microsoft releases a follow-on version plus the server version which will aim to attract the large customers and businesses. I think such an approach makes sense.

Really really looking forward to Longhorn and its technologies. Avalon and Indigo CTPs should be available this month. I am going to be producing SSDL-related tooling for Indigo and further developing my 3D star browser using Avalon. Stay tuned.