In the wake of the largest product launch in the company's history (Windows Vista operating system, Office 2007 and -- most importantly! -- 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.
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 2007 MVP Global Summit will provide MVPs, regional directors (RDs), and special community influencers four days of activities and technical sessions. At the summit, attendees can exchange information with Microsoft executives and product managers, share best practices, and network. We are especially excited to have Microsoft Chairman and Chief Architect Bill Gates kick off with the event with a keynote address.
I'm also scheduled to do a "deep dive" on Exchange + PowerShell on the 14th, so I'm really excited to meet up in person with some of the Exchange MVPs with whom I normally only communicate over email!
Hope to see you there!