Some Microsoft codenames

Like many other avid gamers, I was a little disappointed when the next console coming out from Nintendo codenamed “Revolution” was going to be marketed as the “Wii”. Sure “weee” sounds like fun – but who wouldn’t want to be part of the revolution?

Before I act too harshly on Nintendo for having a cooler codename than product name, here is a list of Microsoft codenames which would make for some pretty interesting products:


Bulletproof – Microsoft mail remote client

“The” Duke – Microsoft Xbox controller

Gandalf – Microsoft Encarta 93

Idaho – An early Windows prototype after XP (I’m from Idaho, so its cool 🙂

Nemesis – Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 7.0

Omega – An early version of Microsoft Access

Tarantula – Microsoft personal web server (IIS for Windows 95)

Thunder – Microsoft Visual Basic v1.0

Zamboni – Microsoft Visual C++ v4.1


In other news, May first (May day) we are going to begin new feature work on providing the Indigo design-time experience for Visual Studio! Stay tuned for details as they unfold.

Comments (4)

  1. Blake says:

    What was coolest about Thunder as a nickname was the purple wallpaper with "Thunder: The Power to Crack Windows" that floated around with it.

  2. Microsoft Bob v1 was code named Utopia

  3. Judah says:

    Hi Chris

    I tried to put this reply to the appropriate post, but comments are disabled on that post, so I’ll say it here.

    I just wanted to say a big "thank you" for your bootstrapper SDK. I was really struggling to get a custom click once bootstrapper install until I hit google and found your little tool. Awesome man, thanks so much, you saved me many long hours of twiddling xml files by hand. Thanks! Your work is much appreciated.


    p.s. Why not put this tool on MSDN? Maybe next to those other handy tools like ILMerge and others…I think a lot of people would find this useful.