Global MVP Summit Announced for 2005

Upcoming 2005 MVP Global Summit
The MVP Global Summit serves as the most exciting way for Microsoft to acknowledge this vibrant community for their deep and sustained technical expertise and true enthusiasm for the community. This year’s event will take place from Sept. 28 – Oct. 1, 2005 in Redmond, Wash. and will include keynotes from Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Johnson, Group Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Services and Jim Allchin, Senior Vice President of Platforms at Microsoft. More details will be released closer to the event dates.In addition to the MVP Global Summit, Microsoft has already hosted over 10 MVP regional summits across three continents since the start of the program year with two more planned in February and April. Through these events, MVPs have the opportunity to meet with each other and receive deep technical training on key product technologies with access to leading Microsoft executives and product managers.

Today, Microsoft is pleased to announce the 2005 class of Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP). This select group of outstanding members from on- and offline communities represents the richest most technically and globally diverse in the program’s history with over 2,600 MVPs.
“As we enter the 11th year of the Microsoft MVP Program, we are proud to continue to recognize the most credible experts in the technical communities.” explained Sean O’Driscoll, Director of the MVP Program and Technical Communities at Microsoft. “MVPs are truly an inspiration to all of us and share an incredible passion for technology and for helping others.”
The rich technical and community diversity that the Microsoft MVP Program enjoys today is a reflection of a multi-year program commitment based on global community feedback to reflect new, thriving technical communities and connect with the most active and inspiring people across a broader range of Microsoft products and technologies. For example, since October Microsoft has awarded 173 first-time MVPs, eight of which represent countries that are new to the program and include Egypt, Ghana, El Salvador, Jamaica, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Kenya. Given this continued global expansion, the Microsoft MVP Program now represents individuals from 81 countries and 32 languages and expects to see further expansion into new areas well in to 2005.
Furthermore, the Microsoft MVP Program has introduced a significant number of new MVPs in the past four months who represent Microsoft business groups never before part of the program including MSN, Microsoft Business Solutions and Visual Tools for Office. The program also added nine MVPs who are Visual Developer Solution Architects.
“This is such an incredible group of people and they continue to represent the most select and highest quality individuals across the global communities,” said O’Driscoll. “I’m proud to be a part of their experience and to recognize them for their accomplishments and the inspiration they provide to me and to others in the community.”

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