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Microsoft recognizes Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) at 2007 MVP Global Summit
Posted by Arne Hess - at Thursday, 22.02.07 - 17:07:08 CET under Job - Editor and Journalist - Viewed 13726x

In the wake of the largest product launch in the company's history, that of the Windows Vista operating system, the 2007 Microsoft Office system and Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft Corp. will host the 2007 MVP Global Summit. The annual event recognizes the value that Microsoft-designated Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) around the world provide in helping to make the company's products successful, while honoring their contributions to the objective exchange of knowledge and their dedication to enriching the technology user experience.

MVPs are individuals (like me ;-)) recognized by Microsoft as outstanding leaders in the technical community who make an exceptional impact on the IT industry by actively and voluntarily sharing their expertise in technical communities worldwide. Recent examples of the MVP influence on Microsoft's products and technology users include the following:

  • More than 2k MVPs participated in the Windows Vista beta program.
  • On average, a newsgroup posting by an MVP receives more than 43k views.
  • In 2006, the MVP community contributed more than 300 Microsoft Knowledge Base articles in seven languages covering all Microsoft products.

"Every year, the MVP Award program continues to evolve to reflect the diversity in today's technical communities," said Sean O'Driscoll, general manager of Community Support and MVP at Microsoft. "This year is no different. The MVPs serve as an inspiration, sharing their expertise and passion for technology communities with an unyielding drive to help others."

Scheduled for March 12 to 15, the 2007 MVP Global Summit will be held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle and at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington. The event will kick off with a keynote address by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.

Microsoft began the MVP Awards in 1993 as a way to recognize members of the general public who devoted their time and technical expertise to helping users in various online technical forums. Over time the program evolved, and today awards are given to members of technical communities worldwide for their contributions to traditional communities (such as public newsgroups, forums, third-party Web sites, user groups, book authors and event speakers) and emerging forums (such as Web boards, blogs and wikis).

And like the past years - also this year I will attend for sure! The MVP Global Summit is the best chance to meet the fellow MVPs from around the world - you met before online only, to meet old friends again and to make new friends. For sure, we will also meet the Microsoft product teams (in my case the Windows Mobile product group) to get the latest and greatest insights as well as providing feedback what went good or not so good the past 12 months. However, since the whole MVP Global Summit is an NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) event, you will not hear to much news from me but mostly, MVPs get an inside into future developments.

Oh, by the way - even if you have read it different - I'm not a Microsoft MVP since 2000 aka "forever" but became it way later. Before, I was a contributing editor for Microsoft's website only and therefore I was in Redmond before.
Also, this year Microsoft is not partly covering the airfare (maybe the Windows Vista and Office launches were to expensive ;-)) but I bought and paid the ticket myself. Nevertheless, Microsoft is kind enough to cover the lodging and food and so far all MVP Global Summits were worth every Cent I spent.

Cheers ~ Arne

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