Microsoft code name of the day: Milan
Best guess on what it is: Microsoft’s Surface multi-touch tabletop
Meaning/context of the code name: Microsoft has gone back to relying on city names (especially European city names) for a number of its products. Other seemingly unrelated codenames in this group: Warsaw, Greenwich, Kiev, Monaco, Edinburgh). Former Softie Robert Scoble also is going with “Milan” as a (non-code) name for his soon-to-be-born son, last I heard. Scoble says their naming choice had nothing to do with Microsoft’s table.
Back story: Surface evolved from a Microsoft Research project, formerly known as “PlayTable,” to an incubation in the Microsoft Entertainment and Devices unit. Microsoft officially launched the Surface in May 2007. The Surface tables include Windows Vista boxes embedded inside.
Additional info: Microsoft’s first customers for the Surface — Starwood hotels, Harrah’s resorts and T-Mobile stores — are due to take shipment of the systems this fall. Microsoft is likely to extend the “Milan” family with other form factors, ranging from desks, to portable entertainment systems, to phones, according to hints from various officials.