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Win a coffee card naming what Microsoft release was code-named Spokane

We spotted a recent story from Western Washington, noting that Microsoft apologized to the Tulalip Tribe for using the name “Tulalip” as an internal designation for a new product.

The two sides apparently discussed the minor flap and settled it sensibly. The tribe understood the name would not be used on an actual product, and Microsoft agreed to stop using the name internally.

But this practice has a long tradition.

In fact, at one time “Spokane” was a code name for an early test version of a prominent Microsoft product.

Can anyone identify it?  First person to correctly identify which MS product had the “Spokane” test name for a brief while gets a $10 Starbucks card.

Current Microsoft company workers are not eligible. Each participant is allowed just one guess.
  

 


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