mvplogoFour times a year, Microsoft sends out email announcements letting people know they have been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP). I look for this email to arrive on October 1. I’m humbled to say, I have been named an MVP for the 19th year. My original award was for FoxPro and now for Visual C#.

The MVP is given to people for providing community support. It can be through conference speaking, magazines, blogs, books, forum posts, etc. With about 4000 MVPs worldwide, just about every Microsoft product is covered. Recently, Microsoft started to give the award to supporters of open source projects.

One of the highlights of being an MVP is the annual MVP Summit. It’s three intense days meeting directly with Microsoft teams in Redmond. It’s a give and take where we get to discuss issues with Microsoft products and where we hope to see them go. The Microsoft teams also share their vision for the products. Because sessions are under a Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA), discussions are open and candid. This year the Summit will be the first week of November and highlighted with a visit from new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Thank you Microsoft for again giving me this award and thank you, community, for allowing me to visit your events and reading my column in DNC Magazine. I hope to see you at an event soon.