These WinFS applications will, however, enable you to pave your own cow paths, for example by storing and reusing queries. Nobody can know how people will ultimately want to share these contexts among WinFS clients in a peer-to-peer fashion, on WinFS servers when they emerge, and on the global XML Web. So I hope Microsoft will come to see WinFS not only as a platform for developers, but also as an environment in which users can do simple things that yield powerful social effects.
With each passing week, I find more reason to believe that Ray Ozzie's role at Microsoft must have a lot to do with creating a coherent vision that leverages WinFS and XML to bring traditional collaboration and social collaboration together. If anyone at Microsoft has the ability to build a coherent vision and deliver the type of platform Jon is talking about, it's Ray. I'm also more and more convinced that it's not just pie-in-the-sky theory driving this. There's an emerging market trend at work, and in a two or three years we're going to be assessing the future of enterprise collaboration in terms of how effectively IBM and Microsoft leverage the strengths of their respective platforms to add value to standards-based social collaboration.