A Work In Progress...

Yesterday (Thursday, 2008-04-17) was the last day of the 2008 MVP Summit. Over one-half of the MVPs attending were from countries other than the United States. It was interesting to hear the dozens of languages being spoken around me this week.

Very little of what was covered during the Summit is not covered by NDA. But you can be assured that MVPs from every product that Microsoft produces were there learning about what is coming and providing "feedback" to the Microsoft product teams. Feedback can get quite .... loud .... at times. MVPs tend to be quite passionate about their products of interest and very protective of their user communities. Many features present in current releases of Exchange came at MVP "encouragement".

In fact, one feature added quite recently was only added because MVPs said "it has to be there". And in the future, we see that it will be expanded significantly to meet other needs. Yay MVPs!

The last presentation of the Summit was a keynote given by Steve Ballmer. During his hour on the stage, he discussed many things and took about 20 minutes of questions from the audience. Two of the items he said really struck me. The first: "Windows Vista...is a work in progress". The second was: "We can't go five years in between releasing versions of the operating system".

There are many things that can be read into those two statements. However, it is clear that Microsoft knows that Vista isn't where it should be yet, and it's likely that "Windows 7" won't take as long to get here as Vista did.

Changing directions...Steve took several questions about Groove vs. SharePoint as did Ray Ozzie, who spoke before Steve. There is a definite belief in those MVP communities that one of these collaboration tools has a limited lifetime (there is a lot of overlap). Who knows what it will be?

You can read more about Ballmer's speech in an article from the Seattle Times.

As always I met many people, shook many hands, got to see some old friends, and lifted a few while bonding with the other geeks around me. :-) A good time and very worthwhile.

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 Friday, April 18, 2008 10:45 AM by michael
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