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  • 1,800 Tech Professionals Gather for Microsoft 2008 MVP Global Summit

    Posted by vasudev on April 15 2008, 12:02 PM. Posted in MVP.

     Microsoft Corp. honors its 2008 Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), a highly select group of experts who represent the best and brightest in technical communities, at the 2008 MVP Global Summit April 14–17 in Seattle at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center and at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond. MVPs are recognized by Microsoft as outstanding leaders who voluntarily share their expertise in technical communities worldwide. MVPs also provide invaluable feedback to Microsoft by serving as early adopters of new technology and assisting in the product design and development processes.

    More than 4,000 MVPs worldwide cover 90 different Microsoft technologies in 94 countries. Mirroring the wide range of real-world challenges and applications that MVPs represent, the summit will feature more than 600 technical sessions on topics ranging from enterprise security and virtualization to gaming and digital media.

    This year’s summit also marks new leadership for the MVP program, as Toby Richards takes on the role of general manager of Community Support Services for Microsoft. The MVP Global Summit will conclude with closing remarks by Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive officer, and Ray Ozzie, Microsoft chief software architect.

    “Microsoft MVPs are an amazing group of individuals,” Richards said. “By sharing their knowledge and experiences and providing objective feedback, MVPs play an integral role in the improvement of Microsoft products, while also helping people solve problems and discover new capabilities. It gives us great pleasure to recognize and thank MVPs for their demonstrated commitment to helping others.”

    MVPs drive customer satisfaction through direct interaction with Microsoft users, answering more than 1 million user-group questions annually. They can also directly affect the quality of Microsoft technology and processes through early testing and feedback. MVPs have contributed to the development of almost every recent Microsoft release including Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, 2007 Microsoft Office system and Windows Vista. One MVP’s feedback drove substantial performance improvements to Windows Mobile 6.1 and enhancements in the improvement and re-release of the Microsoft Junk E-mail Reporting Tool. In addition, 268 MVPs participated in Windows Home Server Connect programs worldwide...........Continue At Source

  • Microsoft threatens its Most Valuable Professional

    Posted by bink on June 6 2007, 2:28 PM. Posted in MVP.

    As a hobby, Cansdale developed an add-on for Microsoft Visual Studio. TestDriven.NET allows unit test suites to be run directly from within the Microsoft IDE. Cansdale gave away this gadget on his website, and initially received the praises of Microsoft.

    In fact, Microsoft was so pleased with him, it gave him a Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) award, which it says it gives to "exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who voluntarily share their high quality, real world expertise with others".

    However, his cherished status did not last. In December 2005, he started getting emails from a Microsoft executive called Jason Weber. The problem was that TestDriven.NET supported the Express edition of Visual Studio. Express is the cut-down version that anyone can download for free from the Microsoft website. It is limited in various ways, and is intended only for hobbyists and students. Everyone else is supposed to shell out for the paid-for versions.

    In fact, as a .NET hobbyist himself, Cansdale says he used Express to develop TestDriven.NET. Ironically, he only got access to a fancier version of Visual Studio as part of his MVP goody-bag.

    But MS doesn't want you supporting Visual Studio Express with your add-ons.

    Weber wrote to Cansdale that he had violated Express licence agreements: that he was accessing APIs not available to those who only had the Express version of Visual Studio, or that he had reverse engineered APIs - also forbidden.

    Cansdale said from the off - and has stuck by this - that he only used APIs in the public domain, published on Microsoft's MSDN website for all to see. He invited Weber to be specific about the API/licence term that was violated.

    Weber blanked him, and then began an exchange of increasingly acrimonious correspondence, which can be read on Cansdale's website here and here.

    In the long sequence of emails that followed, Weber treated Cansdale with immense condescension:

    "Craig Symonds is a busy Microsoft executive. We're fortunate that we could get 30 minutes with him for a conference call"; consistently evasive when asked to identify the specific legal problem, meanwhile trying to bully Cansdale to withdraw Visual Studio Express support and remove his "hack".

    Cansdale took legal advice, and bravely dug in his heels.

    At one point, in a splendid example of the right hand being unaware of who is getting the left hand's index finger, Cansdale got a letter presaging another MVP award only to have it hastily withdrawn the next day (find this incident the bottom of the second page of emails.)

    Finally, Microsoft lost patience, and in the last few days has hit Cansdale with a flurry of lawyers' letters, also available on his website [see here and here]. Cansdale now has until 4pm Wednesday 6 June to disable the Visual Studio Express features of his product.

    Full Story At SourceI had some of threads like these when I was MVP when I posted Windows Roadmap they considerd NDA, while I got it from a public powertpoint file from a keynote of a Microsoft partner event. Though I had the proof this marketing guy was blind for it, realy bizarre.
  • Microsoft Recognizes Most Valuable Professionals at 2007 MVP Global Summit

    Posted by spy on February 23 2007, 2:20 PM. Posted in MVP.

    REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 22, 2007 — 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 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 2,000 MVPs participated in the Windows Vista beta program.

    On average, a newsgroup posting by an MVP receives more than 43,000 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, Wash. The event will kick off with a keynote address by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. More information can be found at

    Edit (Spy) ::  Microsoft, if you are reading this, there's about 10 thousand members on this site who think Bink is a pretty worthy recipient!  Hint, hint!

  • Microsoft revokes MVP status of adware distributor

    Posted by bink on October 9 2006, 5:29 PM. Posted in MVP.

    The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away. One week after it named the creator of a Windows Messenger add-on to its list of Most Valued Professionals (MVPs), Microsoft has revoked the award after critics pointed out that the program is used to distribute adware.

    Last week Microsoft named Cyril Paciullo, the creator of Messenger Plus and Messenger Plus Live, to its list of MVPs. The award recognizes people with expertise in Microsoft products who make significant contributions to other users, often in the form of technical advice.

    Messenger Plus is a free program that adds some useful functions to Microsoft's instant messaging software, like the ability to stack several chat windows together and access them via tabs.

    However, security experts last week said Paciullo's software is also used to distribute Lop, which they describe as a nasty adware program. Other MVPs said his addition to the list made a mockery of the MVP program.

    "Bottom line is, Microsoft are rewarding someone that has an active involvement with one of the most maligned names in PC hijacking," Christopher Boyd, a Microsoft Security MVP who's also director of malware research for FaceTime Security Labs, wrote in his blog last week.

    Late Friday Microsoft decided to take back the award.

    "Cyril Paciullo was awarded with MVP status this year on the basis of his technical expertise and strong community contribution. However, his active MVP Award status was revoked as soon as the extent of the connection between his application and spyware was made apparent to the MVP Program," the company said in a statement. Bink: Spyware? afaik Adware is NOT malware[:^)] afaik the adware was optional, what's wrong of he wants to make money out of his creation? Or is this adware realy malware?

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  • MVP Summit Dates Set - Bill Gates to Deliver Keynote

    Posted by bink on February 3 2006, 7:32 AM. Posted in MVP.

    The Microsoft MVP Program is proud to announce that Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates will deliver the keynote at the 2007 Global Summit! Save the date - the Global Summit will take place March 12-15, 2007 in Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center and at Microsoft Corporation’s main campus in Redmond, Washington. Based on MVP feedback, you can expect a more dynamic and interactive atmosphere this year during the Executive Day sessions and we can’t think of a better way to kick it off than with remarks from BillG!

    The MVP Program is committed to creating a four-day event for MVPs, Regional Directors, and special community influencer guests to exchange information with Microsoft executives and product managers, share best practices, network and have some fun!

  • Over 1,500 Technology Enthusiasts Are Honored at the Microsoft 2005 MVP Global Summit in Redmond

    Posted by spy on September 30 2005, 4:48 PM. Posted in MVP.

    REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 29, 2005 — This week Microsoft Corp. hosts the 2005 MVP Global Summit, which will be attended by the most globally and technologically diverse group of awardees in the 12-year history of the program. Throughout the event, more than 1,500 Microsoft® Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) will have the opportunity to network with peers from more than 70 countries and more than 1,000 Microsoft employees across product, field and services teams. This year’s summit will include awardees from new categories such as Microsoft Dynamics™ and MSN® as well as new countries including Romania, Jamaica, Pakistan and Thailand. The summit provides Microsoft employees representing over 90 technologies with a unique opportunity to connect with these recognized experts in the community while celebrating their technical passion, willingness to help others and truly inspirational spirit. Today, as part of the celebration, MVPs are taking a break from technical and platform sessions being held across Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters for a day of executive discussions on the company’s road map and next wave of innovation. Keynote speakers include Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer; Jim Allchin, co-president of the Microsoft Platform Products & Services Division; Kevin Johnson, co-president of the Microsoft Platform Products & Services Division; and Lori Moore, corporate vice president of Customer Service and Support. “The MVP Global Summit is a unique opportunity for Microsoft to embrace and celebrate this inspirational community,” Ballmer said. “As part of our ongoing commitment to this group of incredible individuals, the summit enables Microsoft to show our appreciation to the MVPs for their passion for technology and helping others. Throughout the week, MVPs meet with experts across the company, strengthen their technical knowledge and provide Microsoft with tremendous insight into the evolution of our products, services and customer experiences.” Scheduled activities during the four-day MVP Global Summit include over 350 sessions in which MVPs can network with peers and Microsoft product groups through interactive technical presentations and demonstrations as well as question-and-answer sessions with key Microsoft executives from across the company. At the MVP Summit Expo, MVPs will connect with additional groups from Microsoft Services, MSDN®, Microsoft Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) Group and the larger technical publishing community. In addition, they will spend time with members of the MVP Program team and share feedback on the latest MVP Program enhancements including direct feedback channels with product teams, customized training and enhanced learning opportunities through the Microsoft MVP Academy. MVPs will also be able to share their thoughts about the newest feature enhancements on their exclusive Web site, which provides them with access to online program features such as downloads, product feedback, private newsgroups and self-managed profiles that are shared across over 50 Microsoft Web sites and represent over 10 million impressions per quarter. Full Story At Source
  • Microsoft to Focus on Networking at MVP Summit

    Posted by bink on September 29 2005, 4:30 PM. Posted in MVP.

    Microsoft's annual Most Valuable Professional Global Summit kicks off today as some 1,500 such professionals from 72 different countries and representing 90 Microsoft technologies stream onto the company's Redmond campus for three days of networking with each other and with Microsoft's product development teams.

    Microsoft Corp. currently has a total of about 3,000 MVPs, with half of them attending this week's summit, a 30 percent rise from the number that attended last year's summit, Lori Moore, Microsoft's corporate vice president of Customer Service and Support, told eWEEK in an interview on Wednesday.

    This year's summit also includes MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) for products like Microsoft Dynamics and MSN, technologies which were not previously included in the MVP program, as well as MVPs from countries included in the program for the first time, such as Romania, Jamaica, Pakistan and Thailand.

    For Microsoft, the benefit of the summit is simple: to provide its employees from more than 90 product groups with the opportunity to connect with these recognized experts in the community, Moore said.

    For their part, the MVPs get to meet and mingle with their peers as well as to interact directly with staff from Microsoft's product development teams.

    Being recognized as an MVP brings a number of benefits, including a complimentary subscription to MSDN and TechNet, having a point person at Microsoft help them navigate the company, as well as access to private news groups where they can interact with one another and Microsoft's product teams, Sean O'Driscoll, the senior director of the Microsoft MVP program, told eWEEK.

    The summit officially kicks off with attendee registration and an expo Wednesday, followed by dinners for MVPs from different regions.

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  • New MVP Logo

    Posted by bink on June 15 2005, 2:12 PM. Posted in MVP.

    When I was MVP I thought the MVP logo was somewhat outdated, I had a designed modernised MVP logo on, which I had to remove from Microsoft. Now finally their is a new logo, but hey, I'm no MVP anymore[*-)]
  • Bink no longer Microsoft MVP

    Posted by bink on April 12 2005, 4:17 PM. Posted in MVP.

    Bink no longer Microsoft MVP [:O]I was quite surprised when I heard I didn't get the award this year, later a bit disappointed and a bit pissed of to be honest. The reason is the Windows Server product group did not accept my nomination, because "I don't help enough people" Hmmm, that's weird, In my humble opinion I did more for "the community" then ever before, visitors have more then doubled.Pointing a few million people each month to the the latest Microsoft news, tips, guides and downloads, doesn't seem to count anymore, besides that I did more pro Microsoft stuff last year, like speaking at events, writing columns for UK Windows XP magazine. They said is better in Microsoft's "Expert Zone Featured Community" program. Well OK, but why have other webmasters been re-nominated this year. I don't know why the MVP program is suddenly this inconsistent.Anyway thank you Microsoft for having such a program and being part of it for two years.
  • Microsoft MVPs Say They Want Old VB Back

    Posted by bink on March 10 2005, 4:36 PM. Posted in MVP.

    Microsoft Corp. is facing a revolt from some of its favored developers over the company's support for what the developers are calling classic Visual Basic, also known as VB6 (Visual Basic 6). More than 100 Microsoft MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) have signed an online petition calling for the company to continue to support VB6.

    At issue is that as of the end of March, Microsoft has said it will discontinue mainstream support for VB6; developers who have programs written in the language platform are up in arms.

    When Microsoft moved to Visual Basic .Net in 2001 and stopped development of VB6, it offered developers a migration path to the new platform. But developers say the move is no easy one.

    "Porting classic VB code to VB .Net is not a trivial task," said Jonathan Wood, founder of SoftCircuits, of Salt Lake City, a Microsoft MVP who signed the petition.

    "In fact, in some cases, there are VB code statements will actually compile without error under VB .Net but produce different results." The online petition said: "We would like to suggest a path for the future development of Visual Basic 6 and VBA [Visual Basic for Applications] that helps Microsoft align its long-term strategies with those of its customers.

    "This path will also help Microsoft reconnect with the Visual Basic developer community and continue support for the Office developer community."

    So the petition asks that Microsoft continue to develop VB6 and VBA to preserve assets and applications written in those languages. Continue At Source

  • Microsoft Announces Most Valuable Professional Award RecipientsAnd Sets Date for 2005 MVP Global Summit

    Posted by bink on January 19 2005, 8:03 PM. Posted in MVP.

    New Microsoft MVP Program Year Kicks Into High Gear by Celebrating IndividualsSpanning Diverse Technologies and Communities Worldwide

    Today Microsoft Corp. is pleased to announce the 2005 class of Microsoft® Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs). This select group of outstanding members from online and offline communities represents the richest, most technically and globally diverse community in the program's history, with more than 2,600 MVPs.

    "As we enter the 11th year of the Microsoft MVP Program, we are proud to continue to recognize the most credible experts in the technical communities," said Sean O'Driscoll, global director of the MVP Program and Technical Communities at Microsoft. "MVPs are truly an inspiration to all of us and share an incredible passion for technology and for helping others."

    The rich diversity that the Microsoft MVP Program enjoys today is a reflection of a multiyear program commitment based on global community feedback to identify new, thriving technical communities and connect with the most active and inspiring people across a broader range of Microsoft products and technologies. For example, since October Microsoft has awarded 173 first-time MVPs, eight of whom represent countries that are new to the program, including Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Tokelau and Tunisia. Given this continued global expansion, the Microsoft MVP Program now represents individuals from 81 countries and 32 languages.

    Furthermore, in the past four months the Microsoft MVP Program has introduced a number of new MVPs who represent Microsoft business groups never before part of the program, including MSN®, Microsoft Business Solutions and Microsoft Visual Studio® Tools for the Microsoft Office System. The program also added nine new solution developers for Visual Studio .NET technologies. Altogether more than 75 Microsoft products and technologies are represented across the program today.

    "This is such an incredible group of individuals, and they continue to represent the most select, highest-quality group of participants across the global communities," O'Driscoll said. "I'm proud to be a part of their experience and to recognize them for their accomplishments and the inspiration they provide to me and to others in the community." Continue At Source

  • Microsoft commits to continuing MVP event

    Posted by bink on January 4 2005, 5:16 PM. Posted in MVP.

    Despite recent reports, Microsoft said it is not scrapping its annual MVP conference in Redmond. The company plans to announce a date for the event this month and will also hold a summit for MVPs in Asia in April.

    "The program has gone through some growth in the past two years," said Sean O'Driscoll, global director of MVP and technical communities at Microsoft. There are more than 2,600 MVPs, or "most valuable professionals," worldwide from more than 60 countries, he said.     What began as a collection of small, subsidiary-run programs has become a "global initiative" to bring together Microsoft users around the world, O'Driscoll said. As a result, the selection process for the program has become more rigorous.

    MVPs see it as creating community and offering the opportunity for continued education.

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