Microsoft code name of the day: Confucius

Mary Jo Foley is resuming her Microsoft Code Name a Day series that she started in December 2006. The goal: To provide the back story, each day in August, on one of Microsoft's myriad code names. Some of these code names might be familiar to Microsoft watchers; others (hopefully) will be brand-new. Microsoft code names […]

Mary Jo Foley is resuming her Microsoft Code Name a Day series that she started in December 2006. The goal: To provide the back story, each day in August, on one of Microsoft’s myriad code names. Some of these code names might be familiar to Microsoft watchers; others (hopefully) will be brand-new.

Microsoft code names offer some great clues about the Redmondians’ development priorities, not to mention a better understanding of which future Microsoft products fit together, from a strategy standpoint. And not every product group is moving to boring, numbered codenames (like Windows 7 and Office 14).

Without further ado, let the codename games begin.

Microsoft code name of the day: Confucius

Best guess on what it is: A Windows Live service that is an offshoot of Windows Live Barcode. Confucius allows cell-phone users to send two-dimensional barcode information between cell phones or between cell phones and Web sites, allowing users to save keystrokes.

Meaning/context of the code name: Not sure why the Live folks chose Confucius to represent this bar-code-related project. Could it be Confucius’ decision to focus his teachings on the ‘“Six Arts