Even though more and more teams at Microsoft seem to be shying away from christening their fledgling products with good, old-fashioned code names – favoring the ever-so-boring “V.Next” designation instead — there are still some who are doing so.
Microsoft code names always have piqued my interest. They 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.
In honor of Microsoft code-name junkies everywhere, I’m going to feature one, random Microsoft code name per work day for the rest of this month. I’ll provide as much information as I’ve been able to unearth on each, and attempt to provide some context as to how the team chose the name and how the forthcoming technology fits into the Redmond product hierarchy.
Microsoft code name of the day: Fiji
Best guess on what it is: Fiji is “the next version of Windows” following Windows Vista and preceeding Windows “Vienna” (the version of Windows formerly code-named “Blackcomb”). Some people say Fiji will take the form of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1. Others believe it will be a full-fledged, but relatively minor, Windows release — more of a Vista R2. Microsoft won’t comment publicly on the code name at all.
Meaning/context of the code name: Fiji, like a number of the code names I’m planning to feature this week, is part of Microsoft’s vista (with a lower-case V) series. When Microsoft officials acknowledged the decision to change the Windows Blackcomb name to Windows Vienna, they said to expect other products to be part of the “beautiful vistas” line. Some of the “vistas” are cities; others seem to be countries.
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The Next Version of Windows Code Named, Fiji