A video of a sponsored project between Microsoft and UW IxD (University of Washington Interaction Division) has recently surfaced. Project "Origin" showcases ideas for a new file system that appears to make use of the cloud; thus, creating a new seamless experience between multiple devices.
Origin connects you with your files - it is a file management system that tags your data using contextual markers the way your brain does. It delivers what you want, when you want it and makes it easy to find everything else.
To be clear, this isn't a file system Microsoft has created for use in Windows or anything else, per se, nor is it clear if Microsoft ever plans to use it; however, the significance of this prototype is that Microsoft is involved and the project involves a particularly hot topic in the OS world: file systems. Now, as many of you know, Microsoft's no stranger to dishing out money hand-over-fist in research, but could internship cost-like (A.K.A, "free") projects doled out to universities be part of a new Microsoft research strategy?
Along with UI and UX ideas to support how one might interact with this new file system, the video below showcases the fruit of their prototyping labor :
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