Product Names: Everett, Whidbey, Orcas

I got a question from someone recently asking what the naming convention we have been
using for Visual Studio represents.  Is Orcas a character in Lord of
the Rings? Answer: No.  Here’s the real answer: The versions of Visual Studio
represent cities/islands in the Northwest that are progressively farther away from
Redmond, WA.

  • Visual Studio .NET 2003: Codenamed Everett is
    on the mainland 
  • Visual Studio “Whidbey” is an island
    a little farther away
  • Visual Studio “Orcas“ is also an island
    farther away then Whidbey. 

For more information on what’s coming in Whidbey and Orcas, check out the Visual
Studio Roadmap
 or come to PDC 🙂

Other snippets you may not know:

  • The next version of Windows, codenamed “Longhorn” is named after a now infamous
    close to Whistler and Blackcomb ski resorts.
  • The well-known Microsoft Duwamish Books Sample: Duwamish is the name of a native
    american tribe
    in the pacific northwest.
  • Seattle: Seattle is named after the chief of the suqamish indian tribe. 
    Here are some chief Seattle
     brought to you by Google.  

 [Update] Adding a site with accurate chief
Seattle quotes
thanks to Eric.

Comments (6)

  1. I learned about single malt whiskies after I looked up the meaning of Talisker (Windows CE 4 or .NET). Even now Talisker is my favorite 🙂

    I am going to try to put together a wiki for creating a canonical list of all Microsoft codenames. I wonder if Microsoft Bob had a codename.

  2. Kent Sharkey says:

    Duwamish (the books sample) was actually named after a small river near campus. Somewhat smaller than another river used by a somewhat larger book seller.

  3. But isn’t the river named after the Duwamish tribe? I wasn’t familiar with Talisker whiskey, but I’ll have to try that 🙂

  4. Eric Gunnerson says:

    A few notes from a native Puget Sounder…

    Yes, the Duwamish River is named after the Duwamish tribe. Lots and lots of place names around here are named for the tribes that lived near them.

    The second note. The Google link takes you to the "How can you buy or sell the sky" speech, which has been attributed to Chief Seattle (Sealth, to be more correct). This speech is widely considered to be a fabrication. Very strangely, the best site I found about it is from Australia. See

  5. jessica rivers says:

    ok well i dont think tht u guys shoulkd