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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