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Windows 8’s ‘Protogon’ file system

News about Windows 8 has relatively cooled down over the last few weeks. However, today we learned of a new feature in Windows 8 codenamed “Protogon.”

“Protogon” was discovered by Sandro Villinger at ITworld. It revolves around the concept of a new filesystem:

“I’ve also dug up traces of some underlying file system changes that I couldn’t quite make sense of, such as an entirely new file system driver called “NT Protogon FS driver”, which looks like a kernel mode driver for some sort of (yet unknown) file system called Protogon. It’s unclear, whether this is a major new file system or just some minor subsystem.”

Mary Jo Foley consulted with Rafael Rivera about the concept and came to the conclusion that “it seems to incorporate database-like concepts like transactions, cursors, rows and tables” with the capability of replacing or emulating NTFS. This might also be a new implementation of Microsoft’s past attempts at data storage management system such as WinFS.

What is unclear at this point is how “Protogon” will eventually be implemented in Windows 8. It is extremely unlikely that we’ll hear about the feature in this week’s upcoming AllThingsD conference with Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky. Nevertheless, it is one of many new features that Microsoft is developing for Windows 8 and further information should most likely start to appear by the time Windows 8 reaches beta later this year.

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