I got this in my email today:
Dear Marshall Harrison,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2009 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Communications Server technical communities during the past year.
This is my 4th year and I am honored to be named MVP again.
Today was also my first day of being laid off. Or to put it another way – today is my first day as an independent OCS/Speech Server consultant.
I’m excited about the opportunities that being an independent consultant provides me. It gives me the freedom to work on things that I find interesting and it gives me the opportunity to pursue speaking and training assignments. I like the fact that I will get more interaction with other companies looking to take advantage of OCS and Speech Server. I truly like the role of evangelist for these technologies and I’m looking forward to experimenting more with Speech Server and UCMA 2.0. I’m also glad that this will give me more time to spend promoting/growing GotSpeech.Net and GotUC.Net. I have been so busy with other things that I haven’t been as active on my forums as I would like but that will be changing.
But this new venture also means that I have to round up my own business so if you know of anyone that needs training, mentoring, coding or other consulting work then just send them my way.