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On Friday, Microsoft Corp. went public with an executive decision that’s been brewing for the past couple of weeks. The company decided in order to keep Longhorn client ship dates from slipping further, it would remove the crux of Longhorn – the new Windows File System (WinFS) from the operating system.

Read about Microsoft’s decision to gut Longhorn.

Microsoft issued a public press release about its decision and briefed a number of its core developer partners about its move.

But here’s what Microsoft Group Vice President of Platforms, Jim Allchin, told Microsoft’s own employees about the decision.

Read Allchin’s comments on Microsoft Watch.