October 3, 2005

Visual Studio: What’s in a code Name?

Microsoft Commonly uses the code names for unreleased versions of products it’s developing. The code names for the versions of visual studio since its initial release in February 2002 have followed a geographical pattern. Everett, a town in Washington about 30 miles from Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, was the code name for visual Studio 2003, the currently shipping product Whidbey the next release is named for Whidbey island in Puget sound, offshore from the town of evrett. The Whidbey release is tied to next version of Sql server(code-named Yukon). The VS.net version Microsoft will release around the same time is code-named Orcas. Orcas island in puget sound is even further from Redmond than Whidbey island.