A (Microsoft) Code Name a Day: Confucius

A (Microsoft) Code Name a Day: Confucius

Summary: I'm resuming my Microsoft Code Name a Day series that I started in December 2006. The goal: To provide the back story, each day in August, on one of Microsoft's myriad code names. Today's entry: Confucius.


I'm resuming my Microsoft Code Name a Day series that I started in December 2006. The goal: To provide the back story, each day in August, on one of Microsoft's myriad code names. Some of these code names might be familiar to Microsoft watchers; others (hopefully) will be brand-new.

Microsoft code names 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. And not every product group is moving to boring, numbered codenames (like Windows 7 and Office 14).

Without further ado, let the codename games begin.

Microsoft code name of the day: Confucius

Microsoft code name of the day: Confucius

Best guess on what it is: A Windows Live service that is an offshoot of Windows Live Barcode. Confucius allows cell-phone users to send two-dimensional barcode information between cell phones or between cell phones and Web sites, allowing users to save keystrokes.

Meaning/context of the code name: Not sure why the Live folks chose Confucius to represent this bar-code-related project. Could it be Confucius' decision to focus his teachings on the '“Six Arts” -- ritual, music, archery, chariot-riding, calligraphy, and computation" (and especially the latter two)? Any other theories/thoughts?

Back story: The Live team has been stepping up its focus on mobile platforms as of late -- not a surprising development, given Google's similar push. Windows Live Barcode and Windows Live Confucius are just two of a growing number of Windows Live Mobile services and betas underway at Microsoft.

Additional info: You can check out the Windows Live Barcode and Windows Live Confucius betas yourself.

Got a Microsoft code name you’ve been wondering about? Send it my way and I’ll do my best to track down some leads on what it might be.

And if you want to keep track of the full month's worth of Microsoft code names I end up posting, bookmark this "Microsoft Codenames" page. You can also check out this video-whiteboard I did recently on Microsoft codenames.

Topics: Mobility, Microsoft, Windows


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • how about the eternal M$ code word: "hot air"

    when would M$ come with some product not hype and buzzwords?
    Linux Geek
    • Re: "hot air"

      Thats their internal name for you! As in "Ms would like to extend their eternal gratitude to The Hot Air talk back poster who's continuous idiotic rants against us has turned so many people away from Linux and convinced them to stay with our products!!!" Good work Fool!!!!
      • oly fools stay away from Linux

        M$ propaganda must be fought with an energetic and truth based campaign.
        Since the OSS does not have a huge budget for spreading FUD as M$ has, it is the duty of every Linux user to volunteer time to fight the M$ beast.
        Linux Geek
        • So you're admitting that you don't use Linux?

          "only fools stay away from Linux"...
          John Zern
  • Microsoft Live Barcode

    Microsoft Live Barcode pogram was cancelled. This is fact.

    Why? IMO, this is my speculation:

    Check out MC2 and Neomedia Technologies. They hold the key in the United States and abroad that gives the mobile consumer / web user the ability in one click on the 1D, 2D, QR, data matrix, RFID, UPC, keyword, logo, trademark, slogan, billboard, etc., to receive instant information on that object. This is the start of the internet of things. There are plently of copy cat programs out there.

    The questions should be asked why is MC2 building a Universal Reader around Neomedia's IP?

    Microsoft knows it. IMO, that is why Live Barcode was shut down.
    • Misinformation once again


      Once again your facts are incorrect. First of all MC2 is not creating any kind of reader. They are not a software developer or hardware manufacturer of any kind. They are merely a newly formed body, that is attempting to set standards for the 2d technology. Those standards if they ever get accomplished, will apply to all readers and bar codes being used for mobile marketing purposes. There is a big difference between a standards body and a developer.

      Secondly NEOM does not hold the key in the US to Gata Matrix and QR codes. Those codes IP are owned by others who chose not to enforce their patents and therefore are open source codes. And as you know those codes are direct connect one click to content codes, so where do you figure NEOM holds the key to those codes? I think the facts will show, that NEOMs QODE IP, cant even read a QR or Data Matrix code. Yes their subsidiary(Gavitec) is working on a universal reader thet will read all open source codes, but having a reader that can read the various codes, definately doesn/t mean you have the key to such codes in the US or abroad as you state. Does NEOM have the key to QR codes in Japan? No they dont have anything to do with them period.

      Instant information has been in use using both Data Martrix and QR for years now, both abroad and here in the US, and none of those using these codes are using NEOMs IP. Some may be using readers manufactured by Gavitec but thats as far as it goes.
      • Clarification

        For claifications you are corret they are there to help form stadards for 2D codes.

        They do hold the key to get a dymanic response from physical world objects. They do hold a major key. Look again.

        Japan anything goes. U.S. patents do not apply, Europe and other places they do.

        Quote from the PR today:
        Camera phones equipped with customized software using NeoMedia's new NeoReader technology; billposters are able to read 2D codes on posters and billboards via camera phone.

        By utilizing the NeoReader technology, camera phones are transformed into universal code readers that can read barcodes or two-dimensional codes simply by clicking with their installed camera phone application. Users link directly to the mobile Internet without URLs or manually entered links. Especially in mobile marketing, NeoReader inaugurates a new era of creative solutions.

        "NeoMedia's code-reader technology turns mobile phones into multifunctional tools for ever more and new application areas. The versatility of this software is enormous. It offers completely new possibilities for linking the physical world with mobile content," explains Mario Jou?en, CTO of Gavitec AG - mobile digit a subsidiary of NeoMedia Technologies, Inc. "Wherever small codes can be applied, users of camera phones can -- instantly -- receive content without difficulty."
    • That's got to be it.

      After all, Microsoft has never appropriated another company's IP for their own purposes. Except in the dozens of cases that it has. And those don't count because MS has an expensive legal team.
  • Most popular name for all Microsoft code

    Ole Man
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