I am really delighted to make public some big honors that were awarded to me these past couple of weeks.
2014 was a great year, with a lot of excitement in the Microsoft community, a lot of awesome news. Microsoft released a few interesting hardware offerings such as the confirmation of the success of the Surface Pro 3, the release of the Microsoft Band and the Miracast wireless display adapter (I have one of each and they work great), a few exciting announcements such as the open sourcing of the .NET core, the release to the public of the free Visual Studio Community Edition, the preview release of Windows 10, continued activity in the WPF team, and more. Microsoft Azure is continuing its expansion in features, and is also becoming more accessible to small business and hobbyists. On the client side, we continue to see a unification of the platforms that will reach its best in Windows 10 with the universal applications running on Windows, Windows Phone and XBOX. And of course the extended partnership with Xamarin (which makes me very happy on a professional and personal level) allows to leverage an ever large portion of that code and run it on iOS and Android devices.
I am happy to announce that I am renewed as an MVP for 2014. This time as Client Dev, which is the new MVP expertise resulting from the merger of Silverlight (my previous expertise), Client App Dev and Blend. This is my 8th MVP award in a row.
One of the nice side effects of porting the blog to WordPress is that they have a Windows Phone app which seems to work pretty well. Maybe not for big blog posts with a lot of code, but nice and handy for shorter thoughts. We’ll call that the “140 chars is too short” kind of posts.
side note, please feel free to follow me and interact on Twitter. I really like Twitter for all the “140 chars is enough” kind of posts
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It seems it was only yesterday that I was writing about starting my 4th year at IdentityMine, and here we are now, more than a year later.
The year 2012 has been particularly interesting for all of us in the tech space, and particularly for us who are observing the Microsoft brand. Now, those of you who know me also know that I am an undying optimist (something that is sometimes mistaken for fanboism), so I will make a big effort in adding a dose of realism into this billet. Nonetheless I think we can all agree that this year was a year seeing Microsoft react, with more or less success, in a few areas where it had been sleeping (and slipping, ha ha) for a few years, notably the slate and the phone markets. We can argue endlessly to know if these ventures will be successful or not, but honestly I don’t have (a) the time and (b) the interest to do so. Bottom line is, no one knows for sure what will happen next year (and the next and the next). Let’s rather discuss what happened.
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MVPs are well known for their good heart (like the GeekGive initiative shows) and Client App Dev MVP Gregor Biswanger is no exception. At the latest MVP summit (beginning of March 2011), he took over a DVD about WPF 4 and Silverlight 4 and asked a few Microsoft superstars to sign it. Right now, the DVD is auctioned on eBay and of course the proceeds will go to a charitable work: The German League against Cancer (Deutsche Krebshilfe). The post is in German and English (scroll down for the English text).
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Here is a quick news from the MVP summit in Redmond. Things here are amazing, with a lot of good news (that will be made public at MIX, so in the mean time I cannot say anything more about it, except that it is awesome). The summit is, amongst other things, an amazing way to connect with other MVPs and with the product group. This is an amazing community to be a part of, full of really smart people.
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I am very proud and happy to announce that I am now a member of the European INETA speakers bureau.
At the last MVP summit in March, some of us were informed that a new MVP expertise had been created for Silverlight. They asked a small number of existing MVPs with strong Silverlight competency (including yours truly) if they would agree to switch to that new expertise.