I got a question from someone recently asking what the naming convention we have been using for Visual Studio represents. Is Orcas a character in Lord of the Rings? Answer: No. Here’s the real answer: The versions of Visual Studio represent cities/islands in the Northwest that are progressively farther away from Redmond, WA.
Visual Studio .NET 2003: Codenamed Everett is on the mainland
Visual Studio “Whidbey” is an island a little farther away
Visual Studio “Orcas” is also an island farther away then Whidbey.
Other snippets you may not know:
The next version of Windows, codenamed “Longhorn” is named after a now infamous bar close to Whistler and Blackcomb ski resorts.
The well-known Microsoft Duwamish Books Sample: Duwamish is the name of a native american tribe in the pacific northwest.