Various Microsoft product codenames

There are many products that Microsoft has released over the years, and each one of them had a code name before they were released. I was not aware of all the code names of the Microsoft products, except for the popular ones like Longhorn, Chicago, Whistler.

A bunch of them are listed below, for the entire list check out Channel9.

Code Name Generally Known as


Windows 2000 SP1


UI in Windows Vista


Windows Terminal Services for Windows Server 2003


Windows Server 2008


Windows Server 2003 Small Business Edition


Windows 95


Windows NT 3.5


Windows 95 OSR 2


Windows XP Media Center Edition


Windows 95 Plus!


Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004


Windows NT4 Embedded


Communications services used in Vista, also called WCF(Windows Communication Foundation)


Windows 3.1


Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005


Windows Vista


Windows XP Embedded 5.1


Windows 98


Windows ME

NAS 3.0

Windows Storage Server 2003


Internet Explorer 4, for Windows 95


Windows Media Center for Vista


Windows for Workgroups 3.1


Windows for Workgroups 3.11


Windows XP 64-bit


Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005


Windows XP


Windows 1.0

Windows 286

Windows 2.0


Microsoft Small Basic

Microsoft has recently released a new programming language, which is pretty simple and will help teach programming to beginners.

It is aimed at making computer programming accessible to beginners. The project comprises a simple programming language that gathers inspiration from the original BASIC programming language; a modern and attractive programming environment; and rich, extensible libraries. Together they make programming fun for kids and adults alike.

Download : Microsoft Small Basic

TwitOnMSN – Use Twitter on your MSN!

One can now send and receive tweets using MSN messenger. Well there are many desktop clients which does the same job also few outlook addins. But when it comes to MSN Messenger we have a bot : TwitOnMSN which integrates an API into twitter account and link it to your msn messenger account.

Setting up TwitOnMSN is pretty simple.

  • One needs to add as a contact to your MSN Messenger.
  • Then the bot, sends a invitation from (where XXX can be any number) which becomes the bot.
  • This is the bot which will allow you to connect to Twitter.
  • A link would be provided by the bot to authorize winOnMSN to access your Twitter account, which will take you to the Twitter website.
  • Once you are authorized, all you have to do is just type into MSN Messenger’s chat window whatever you want to which gets posted as a tweet.
  • The bot also keeps sending you every single tweet on to your messenger chat window.
  • One can
    • Sent new tweets
    • Reply to tweets
    • Retweet
  • If one drag and drops a picture file into the chat the image, then its posted along with a tweet.
  • Also we can send a direct message by typing in the following format : “d username content” .

Homepage : TwitOnMSN

Office 2010 – Product Key Card, Click-to-Run and Office Web Apps

Year 2010, is going to be an interesting year for Microsoft and Microsoft Enthusiasts . A bunch of new products lined up which includes many new features. Trying to explore these new features, I decided to write about them. I have started with Office 2010 features.

1. Product Key Card (PKC)

With Office 2010, Microsoft has implemented a new method of product activation. This year, Microsoft will be launching Office 2010 Starter Edition with a simpler method of activation – Product Key Card (PKC). Microsoft is working with major PC manufacturers to make is simpler to implement. The Product Key Card is a single license card (with no DVD media) and will be available at authorized retail outlets. It would be available for 3 office editions:

  • Office Home & Student 2010
  • Office Home & Business 2010
  • Office Professional 2010

Advantages of PKC:

  • The packaging is smaller than the full package (DVD) product
  • It is eco/retail-friendly
  • The key number contained on the card will unlock the pre-loaded Office 2010 software and will enables a simpler and faster path for consumers

What to expect from Office Starter 2010

  • Office Starter 2010 is a reduced-functionality, advertising-supported version of Office 2010.
  • It will be pre-loaded by OEMs on new PCs with Office 2010 Single Image
  • Office Starter 2010 will provide new PC owners with immediate exposure to the Office 2010 experience on new PCs right out of the box.
  • Office Starter 2010 will replace Microsoft Works
  • It will be offering the Office user experience, such as the Ribbon, with a simple path to upgrade to a fully-featured version of Office 2010 directly from within the product.
  • It will be having a limited version of Word and Excel, which is fully compatible with the other Office Suites and is designed for home users who are not ready to buy a full suite
  • Check the chart below for the comparison between Office Starter and Home & Student

2. Click-To-Run (CTR)

Another interesting feature that is being introduced with Office 2010 is Click-to-Run.

  • Click-to-Run is helpful for users who would like to try or buy Office 2010 on existing PCs.
  • Click-to-Run makes buying or trying the Office products easier by reducing the time and effort needed to download Office 2010.
  • Click-to-Run automatically downloads and installs any software patches when connected to the Internet, helping people maintain and keep their Office software up-to-date.
  • Click-to-Run uses virtualization technology so it allows customers to maintain multiple versions of Office. This enables them to try Office 2010 side-by-side with the existing version of Office. This was possible in earlier editions too, but would end up causing conflicts between the installed Office editions.

3. Office Web Apps

Microsoft Office Web Apps are the online companions to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. It enables ones to access and do light editing or sharing of Office documents from virtually anywhere

  • It is extends Office experience to the web. PC, Browser and Phone
  • Its not a replacement for Office and and not available as a single package.
  • Works exactly like Outlook, Outlook Mobile and Outlook Web Access
  • One can work on the document across different sites.
  • It includes the following:
    • Microsoft Word Web App
    • Microsoft Excel Web App
    • Microsoft PowerPoint Web App
    • Microsoft OneNote Web App

Sources : Office 2010 Blog and Office Web Apps

Microsoft’s new products: Aurora, Vail & Colorado

There has been a lot of rumors of new code names of the Microsoft’s new products. I have been reading about Vail for a long time, now got to hear about 2 more code names : Aurora & Colorado.

1. Aurora : Windows Small Business Server

It could be a combination of Windows Small Business Server and Cloud Storage. But still not too sure about its exact features, it could be Windows 2008 R2 build for small office users.

2. Vail : Windows Home Server

It is the next generation of the Windows Home Server and build on Windows Server 2008 R2. Expected to have Exchange Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, IIS 7.5, Outlook 2010 and Cloud Storage capabilities.

As described by Microsoft:
"Vail builds upon both on-premises and cloud technologies to deliver a best-in-class solution for home networks and SOHO. Out of the box, Vail provides simple file sharing, remote access, home computer backup, expandable storage through Drive Extender, and media streaming both inside and outside the home. Vail also contains an application catalog and product-wide extensibility model so that new services such as anti-virus, online sharing, and home automation can be seamlessly and easily added to the solution. Vail will be available pre-installed on systems by OEM partners, and a standalone software package will also be available for those who want to build their own systems.”


See more screenshots here : ZDNet

3. Colorado: Windows Media Connect

A little is know about this product at this stage, its expected to be remote device related.
It could be a Windows Media Connect or DLNA-based device.

PDFmyURL – Convert websites to PDF files

Recently came across this interesting website, that allows you to save or convert a static website intto a PDF file.
It can be pretty useful for saving a Wikipedia, TechNet or KB articles.
Give it a try…

Website : PDFmyURL

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Deployment Assistant

Microsoft have released a Deployment Assistant Wizard which allows you to create Exchange 2010 deployment instructions that are customized to your environment. The Deployment Assistant asks a small set of questions, and based on your answers, it provides a set of instructions that are designed to get you up and running on Exchange 2010. Instead of reading dozens of topics in the Exchange 2010 library, you simply answer a few questions, and the Deployment Assistant gives you customized content to install Exchange 2010.

There are 4 different scenarios which are available now

  • Upgrade from Exchange 2003
  • Upgrade from Exchange 2007
  • Upgrade from Exchange 2003 & 2007 (Mixed Mode)
  • New installation of Exchange 2010

Website : Exchange Server 2010 Deployment Assistant
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