Microsoft code name of the day: Montauk
Best guess on what it is: A commercial simulation platform under development by Microsoft
Meaning/context of the code name: Montauk is a town on the south shore of Long Island, New York. Is the gaming group at Microsoft on a beach or lighthouse codename kick? Or maybe it’s yet another instance of Microsoft moving to use place names as codenames for many of its future products.
Back story: Microsoft’s Game Studios unit is taking core technologies from its Flight Simulator and Train Simulator products and is expanding them into a new simulation platform for business use, sources say. (The next version of Train Simulator game will be built on top of the Flight Simulator core, Microsoft has said.)
Microsoft’s more detailed description: Commercial simulation is big business. Just ask the military, which is a prime customer. The transportation industry, too, is a potential buyer of this kind of platform.
Microsoft and other gaming vendors have all been looking at the potential of this space. From a report by market researchers at Frost & Sullivan:
“The gaming sector has come up with some remarkable developments in simulation graphics while reducing development and production costs. By incorporating these innovations into their systems, commercial and military flight simulators can deliver increasingly realistic and technologically advanced experiences. These devices can also be operated as stand-alone units or in conjunction with others in the vicinity or remotely situated.