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.

    -Judah

    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.