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MVP Regional Summit

My take away from the MVP Lead Summit:
For this financial year, MVPs in APAC & GC (Asia Pacific and Greater China) would get an opportunity to attend the Regional Summit. This will be held in APAC region. The tentative time is around March 2005. It could be in any country in Asia (Korea/ China/ India/ SEA/ Australia).. Are you willing to look outside US of A?
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Regional Summit at Phuket, Thailand

I will be in Phuket, Thailand from Aug 20 to Aug 24, 2004 in Phuket Thailand attending the Regional meet on MVPs and Community Stars for Asia Pacific. FYI, Thai currency is Bhat with 1 USD = 40.65 Bhat. They use 220V electricity and fall in +7:00 hrs GMT time zone...

MVP Leads and Community Program Managers from all over Asia Pacific (Korea, Taiwan, China, Australia, India and South East Asia) are gathering to discuss how MVPs can be empowered to do more. Community is the flavour of the week :)

We are staying at the JW Mariott hotel in phuket.. believe it or not, it is exactly like the Hotel we stayed in Goa for the Advocates Breakout :)

A lot of Subsidiary Updates e.g. what each subsidiary has been doing "significiant" in the past year.. it is here that MVP activities from each country gets talked about and MVP Leads either feel miserable or truly happy (depending on their presentation content)..

There will be discussions on regional programs like MSDN Connection, Community…

Blog directory of Asia Pacific MVPs being created

An Asia Pacific Regional blog directory has been created

Indian Communities Page Launched

If you were feeling lost on what Indian Communities were about.. you have single URL you need to remember:http://www.microsoft.com/india/communities A little note here, www.microsoft.com/india/community also points to the same location.
There is a lot of India specific content on this page. Before this page was launched, community resources were scattered across the www.micrsoft.com/india site. The site points to a lot of new community avenues available now apart from pointing to the already existing pages on the web.
In very little words, why would you want to use Community resources:1. It is FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE2. It is too much quantity with good quality of content3. It talks about your issues rather than general technology
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Microsoft Newsgroups and Lotus Notes 5

Well today morning someone asked me if they could access Microsoft newsgroups over Lotus Notes 5. Logically, there should be a way to access any newsgroup given NNTP is an standard and a very old protocol (giving enough time for implementation by various vendors). A little digging and here are the results of the same:

Lotus Notes 5 has support for accessing newsgroups. Earlier versions of Lotus seems to have only support for newsgroups hosted on Domino servers..


I found information at The only information that you really have to enter is a friendly account name, which you determine for your own use, plus the server name (msnews.microsoft.com) and a protocol -- in this case, NNTP. Then, you save the account document and Notes adds a bookmark to your client.
With Notes R5, the former Notes workspace is replaced by bookmarks, which provide a much faster way for getting to and managing information on desktops and the Internet. Once you click on your new NNTP bookmark, you can select from …