If you’ve never heard of a Microsoft MVP or the Microsoft MVP programme, then here is a description from the Microsoft MVP web site of what an MVP is:

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We seek to recognize the best and brightest from technology communities around the world with the Microsoft® Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award.

These exceptional community leaders come from a wide range of backgrounds. They are teachers, artists, doctors, engineers, as well as technologists, who actively share their high-quality, real-world technical expertise with the community and with Microsoft.

With the MVP Award, we thank these inspiring individuals for representing the voice of thousands in the community through the powerful and independent feedback they give us, and for helping our customers maximize the potential of their software.

http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
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With that, It’s that time of year again, the Microsoft Global MVP Summit 2011 is here!

The MVP Global Summit is an annual event based at Microsoft HQ, Redmond, Seattle where current MVPs and Microsoft Regional Directors are invited to attend a series of technical sessions/discussions. MVPs get to meet many members of various product groups and influence technology/feature decisions. There are around 4,000 MVPs worldwide and normally around 2,000 MVPs attend the summit so it’s a great event which everybody enjoys.

This will be my third summit and I’m looking forward to it as always. This year is a bit more interesting than previous years with the fact that the Windows Phone 7 Series device has been released into RTM. I have been awarded in Device Application Development (for the last 4 years). This spawns technologies such as the .NET Compact Framework, C#, Windows Phone, Windows Mobile, Windows Embedded Handheld, Windows Embedded Handheld 7 and SQL Server technologies.

This year however there is a new award, the Windows Phone 7. I am keen to learn the future direction of the platform and where it fits into Microsofts, Phone, PC, Cloud strategy. Phone and Cloud work together nicely – will we see Windows Azure SDK for mobility…

I’m also looking forward to renewing my annual XBOX Live membership obtained from the Microsoft Store! :)