Microsoft code name of the day: Magellan
Best guess on what it is: A “scientist workbench” under development by Microsoft’s Life Sciences unit
Meaning/context of the code name: Microsoft has used the “Magellan” codename at least once before. Its Office 2003 Small Business Accounting program was codenamed “Magellan.”
Back story: From a recent Microsoft presentation on Magellan: “‘Scientist Workbench’ is a solutions toolkit. This solution will consist of product technologies, architecture framework best practices, solutions integrator for installation and domain expertise, and ongoing support.” The Workbench makes use of a variety of Microsoft foundational technologies, especially Office 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007.
Additional info: The Magellan Workbench is focused on drug discovery. The intended user base is biologists, chemists and other pharmaceutical customers. Microsoft is pushing into the healthcare vertical in a variety of ways; this seems to be yet one more.