1,800 Gather for Microsoft 2008 MVP Global Summit

Microsoft Corp. honors its 2008 Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), a highly select group of experts who represent the best and brightest in technical communities, at the 2008 MVP Global Summit April 14–17 in Seattle at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center and at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond. MVPs are recognized by Microsoft as outstanding leaders who voluntarily share their expertise in technical communities worldwide. MVPs also provide invaluable feedback to Microsoft by serving as early adopters of new technology and assisting in the product design and development processes.

More than 4,000 MVPs worldwide cover 90 different Microsoft technologies in 94 countries. Mirroring the wide range of real-world challenges and applications that MVPs represent, the summit will feature more than 600 technical sessions on topics ranging from enterprise security and virtualization to gaming and digital media.

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I have met Microsoft MVPs, and the one thing that I can say about them is that they are all seem to have an area (or areas) in which they have expertise and a willingness to share that expertise. They also seem to be very passionate people. User education can be difficult, and I can imagine how some of that passion might be misdirected in the course of trying to help someone. Definitely not a good thing, but hopefully if you are the person who is trying to learn something or get help, you can look past that.

With a population of over 4,000, it shouldn't be surprising that there are differences in expertise and methodologies, not to mention cultural things like behavior and presentation. A lot of our communications are based on non-verbal cues, such as the pitch and intonation of speech, body language and even hand gestures. Keeping that in mind, if you are looking strictly at newsgroup postings, it is not hard to imagine how some things may be perceived outside of the relevant contextual clues. Many people behave differently online and offline, so it could have something to do with that.


Aryeh Goretsky

Is it just me, or there's an awful lot of Microsoft MVPs who are always acting like complete jerks in some newsgroups?

Not to take anything away from the helpful ones, but it seems to me like if anyone's got an [MVP] designation next to their name in a newsgroup, there's a more than 50-50 chance that the response will be some pointless snide remark that doesn't bring anything constructive to a thread...

It just seems to me that ultimately an MVP designation doesn't necessarily mean much...

100% Agreed. MS- MVP are mainly (with some exceptions).

-RTFM's guys, of course it's painful when the FM is the infamous msdn.

-The only way is the Microsoft way, it's very amused to read a MVP saying that "x" operation is impossible to do on windows (but you can do anyways using a third party software).

-Bureaucracy on every aspect, for example to program you must (mvp vision) use "a lot of layers" even if it is a simple "hello world", to avoid the bureaucracy is a heresy. IMHO, you cannot put a faith and guidance on a company with programs filled with bugs, of course there are not a bug-free program.

-"You fault, not MS", "if runs on my machine then must runs on every other","this fail because you have a illegal copy" (oddly funny cause also can fail for legal copies).