MVPs Congregate...

Next week, in Redmond/Seattle, Washington, those of us who Microsoft calls "Most Valuable Professionals" congregate in an annual event where Microsoft wines us, dines us, asks our opinions, and tells us theirs. Which, shockingly (not), often disagree! :-) If you aren't aware of the MVP program, take a look at the MVP Public Site. Generally, MVPs are folks who are very active in online communities (blogs, newsgroups, forums, mailing lists, etc.) who give accurate and dependable answers.

The event is called the MVP Summit. This is the event where MVPs get the opportunity to meet developers, program managers, support personnel, etc. etc. - pretty much everyone at every level in our various product teams.

For me, I'm an Exchange MVP, with a strong interest in Directory Services (that is, Active Directory) and SharePoint. Many of my clients are in the SBS and EBS space (Small Business Server and Essential Business Server), so I have strong interests there as well. So those products are where I'll be spending my time.

Unfortunately, pretty much all of the content next week is covered under NDA - Non-Disclosure Agreements. But you can bet that we'll hear quite a bit about what's coming next with Exchange, Active Directory, Windows client and server, and many other products.

So, if it seems abnormally quiet next week on the blogs you read - this is probably why!

Until next time...

As always, if there are items you would like me to talk about, please drop me a line and let me know!

Published Monday, April 07, 2008 5:07 AM by michael
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Tuesday, April 08, 2008 7:45 AM by Edward Lansink

# re: MVPs Congregate...

Just wondering: What kind of schwag do you guys get? :)

Tuesday, April 08, 2008 6:33 PM by michael

# re: MVPs Congregate...

Hah!

Next week during the Summit, we will get one "substantial" gift, probably worth around USD $75-$100. In past years, it has been an upscale laptop case or a piece of Microsoft hardware or something similar. Generally quite useful. :-)

Insofar as being an MVP - we get an MSDN or Technet subscription, and a few free calls to PSS. Those are the "big dollar" items.

Most importantly - we get access to some subset of our product teams. In my case, I can send e-mails that get read by a significant percentage of the Exchange product group. Usually, but not always, I'll get a helpful response.

Also, Exchange MVPs get to take place in regular (3-5 times per month) conference calls with the product teams to discuss current issues and resolutions for those issues. This, in my opinion, is the biggest value I obtain from being an MVP and allows me to provide the largest value back to my communities.

You can often see results from those conference calls as posts on my (and other Exchange MVP) blogs.