As Microsoft codename watchers know, one of the codenames the Softies have tried their best to keep under wraps is "Midori." But last month, one Microsoft researcher slipped an interesting Midori reference into a presentation that makes it seem that Midori is still alive and well.
As I often note when writing about Microsoft Research projects and incubations, there is no guarantee that any of the technologies discussed and demonstrated here are going to become commercial Microsoft products or parts of products. However, I disagree with some Softies and Microsoft watchers who say that delving into these kinds of Microsoft technologies is nothing but an exercise in Kremlinology. Increasingly, many of these kinds of projects inside the Soft end up influencing heavily technologies that will ship from the company in the next five- to ten years.