Microsoft Code Names

Microsoft Codenames

Microsoft codenames are the codenames given by Microsoft to products it has in development, before these products are given the names by which they appear on store shelves. Many of these products (new versions of Windows in particular) are of major significance to the IT community, and so the terms are often widely used in discussions prior to the official release. Microsoft usually does not announce a final name until shortly before the product is publicly available.

Visual Studio Codenames

Thunder

Visual Basic 1.0. The first version of Visual Basic. The standard dialogs and controls created by the Visual Basic runtime library all have “Thunder” as a prefix of their internal type names (for example, buttons are internally known as ThunderCommandButton).

Zamboni

Microsoft Visual C++ 4.1. After Zamboni, an ice resurfacing machine.

Aspen

Visual Studio 98 (6.0). Ski Resort in Colorado

Cool

C#. Short for: C-based Object Oriented Language

Rainier

Visual Studio .NET 2002. After Rainier, a small town south of Seattle. Mount Rainier is a dormant volcano.

Everett

Visual Studio .NET 2003. After Everett, a large city near Seattle.

Whidbey

Visual Studio 2005. After Whidbey Island in Puget Sound. A little farther from Seattle than Everett.

Orcas

Visual Studio 2008. Named after Orcas Island, located in Puget Sound. Farther still from Seattle.

Rosario

Team System-only release after Visual Studio 2008. Named after a resort located on Orcas Island.

Burton

Visual Studio Team System. Unknown, although it is the name of a North American manufacturer of snowboards.

Hawai

Successor or Orcas. An island ‘much further out’ than Orcas or Whidbey. Also, where the development team plan to celebrate its completion.

Hatteras

Visual Studio Team System’s Source Control System. Named after the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in the Outer Banks region of North Carolina.

Ocracoke

Visual Studio Team System load testing suite. Named after the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse on Ocracoke Island, also in North Carolina.

Currituck

Team Foundation Work Item Tracking. Named after the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla, North Carolina.

Bodie

Team Foundation Server SDK. Named after the Bodie Island Lighthouse in North Carolina.

Whitehorse

Visual Studio Team System’s designers for architects.

Includes Application Designer, Logical Data Center Designer, System Designer, and Deployment Designer.

Fidalgo

Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for WinFX. Named after Fidalgo Island, located in Puget Sound in the San Juan Islands.

Tuscany

Online version of Visual Studio. Currently a research project.

Lightning

.Net CLR

Clarity

LINQ. Language Integrated Query Language extensions to expose query syntax natively to languages such as Visual Basic .NET and C#

Milan

Microsoft Surface.  Table-top style computer with multi-touch touchscreen interface.

Mira

Windows CE .NET-based technology for smart displays.

Singularity

Experimental operating system based on the Microsoft .NET platform, using software-based type safety as a replacement for hardware-based memory protection. Project homepage.

Avalon

    Windows Presentation Foundation

Hail Storm

    .Net My Services. Project to make MSN-hosted user data available to the same users at non-Microsoft web sites; never released

Indigo

    Windows Communication Foundation

Jolt

    Silverlight 1.0

Paxos

    Silverlight 1.1

Toaster

In Microsoft jargon, the “toaster” is the hardware equivalent of fictional entities, such as the Contoso company or the http://tempuri.org/ URI, used in documentation and sample code as placeholders to be redefined by third-party developers.

Astoria

A framework that takes advantage of Windows Communication Foundation and the Entity Data Model (EDM) to allow developers to expose data in the cloud.

Rotor

Shared Source Common Language Infrastructure (SSCLI)

Atlas

An implementation for ASP.NET of Ajax native to the .NET Framework 2.0.

Windows Codenames

Whistler

            Windows XP

Springboard

            Windows XP SP2

Longhorn

Windows Vista/ Windows Server 2008 (In Development). Named after the Longhorn Bar in the Whistler-Blackcomb resort

Fiji

Windows Vista Service Pack 1

Polaris

Windows Media Player 11 for XP

Aurora

Windows Media Player 11 for Vista

SQL Server Codenames

Hydra

            SQL 6.5

Sphinx

            SQL 7.0

Shiloh

            SQL 2000

Yukon

            SQL 2005

Katmai/Akadia

            SQL 2008

Windows Live Codenames

Kahuna

   

Tornado

    MSN Messenger

Istanbul

    Microsoft Office Communicator 2005

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