Microsoft code name of the day: Volta
Best guess on what it is: A Microsoft research project dedicated to “stretching the .Net programming model to cover the Cloud”
Meaning/context of the code name: Microsoft Volta is named for one of the pioneers in the field of electricity: Count Allesandro Volta. Volta (1745 - 1827) was an Italian physicist and inventor of the electrometer. The “volt” power unit is named for him.
Back story: Volta is an academic incubation project at this point, according to the Softies. It has no direct connection with other Microsoft data-programmability products and projects, like SQL Server 2008, Jasper or Astoria. It is more focused on how developers can expose Web services and SOA data that is already in the cloud.