Daddy, what’s a Microsoft MVP?

Microsoft MVP logoI’m brimming with pride to announce that I’ve been recognised as a Windows Phone MVP for 2011. What’s a MVP? Well, the way Microsoft puts it:
[quote style=”boxed”]MVPs freely share their deep knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial, objective feedback to help people enhance the way they use technology. Of more than 100 million users who participate in technology communities, around 4,000 are recognized as Microsoft MVPs.
MVPs make exceptional contributions to technical communities, sharing their passion, knowledge, and know-how. Meanwhile, because MVPs hear the opinions and needs of many others in the technical community, they are well-placed to share highly focused feedback with Microsoft.
MVPs are independent experts who are offered a close connection with people at Microsoft. To acknowledge MVPs’ leadership and provide a platform to help support their efforts, Microsoft often gives MVPs early access to Microsoft products, as well as the opportunity to pass on their highly targeted feedback and recommendations about product design, development, and support.[/quote]
So like it says above, this means I’ve been noticed for the amount of time and effort I’ve put into the community. Why do I do this? Because I freaking love the platform. It’s a mix of the C# and XAML development flow that I find just incredibly productive, and the responsive, unique Windows Phone UI. Yes, absolutely there is still more that needs to come to the platform to make it a real stormer, but I’ve got every confidence that this will happen.

An interesting thing to note is the calibre of the team at Datacom. I’m proud to join our two other Auckland MVPs: Thiago Almeida (BizTalk) and Sharad Kumar (SharePoint). By my count, that means 3 out of New Zealand’s 16 MVPs are at Datacom.

Thanks to everyone for helping me get this award!

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