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MVP Status Renewed, Congrats

January 4th, 2008 by Patrick S

I would like to congratulate 4 of our Authors for being re-awarded their MVP status.

  • Joseph Bittman – Awarded for work in the field of Windows Server System – Data Protection Manager
  • Jabez Ming Teik Gan – Awarded for work in the field of Windows Server System – File System/Storage
  • Kristan Kenny – Awarded for work in the field of Windows Shell/User
  • Kam Hung (Ken Lin) – Awarded for work as a Visual Developer – Visual Basic

These 4 people are active beta testers and always strive to be the best at what they do!

Well done you 4-Keep up the good work 🙂

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It’s a day I’d hoped wouldn’t come – but here we are – Thank You for all You have done!

May 14th, 2007 by Patrick Elliott

I’ve been in Redmond (Washington) for a year now – I actually arrived here May 12th, 2006.  It’s been a long ride but given the opportunity, I wouldn’t change anything. Today marks the MED (Maximum End Date) of my contract at Microsoft. 

For those of you not familiar with contracting at Microsoft, essentially it means I have to take a 100 day break in service.  If it were up to me, or anyone on our team – believe me I wouldn’t be going anywhere 🙂It’s been a bittersweet day – I had lunch with many of my friends I’ve made from this and other teams – I’ve been holding off tears all day long – not of sadness, but rather happy of all I’ve accomplished, and upset from having to leave what I’ve grown to love.

To our beta customers, testers, MVPs and partners – you guys have been an awesome group to work with — your contribution to Windows and to the team I have worked with is tremendous – and you should be very proud.

I’m looking around for Full-Time opportunities with Microsoft, but one way or another I’ll be back here just like old times – full of new ideas and a smile because I know I’ll have all of you guys to work with again.Until then, please continue to help out the beta effort — the team members I leave behind are top-notch, and I hope you’ll grow to work with them just as many of you have worked closely with me.

Thank you again for all you have done for me, for your fellow beta sites, and for Windows –


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This is the way that they worship their god

March 15th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Stand before him and clothe thy body in red. Offer unto him thy technology, screens great and small glowing with the holy light. Polish thine head until it reflects verily like the convex back end of a stainless steel milk truck. And when thou has done so, chant the incantations at a sharepoint service. Invoke replication across a broad server farm. SELECT * from Authors. Tie the unholy scripture in broad ribbons woven with HIS icons. And when he has left the stage, endure penance as the lesser priests drone the unending chant, at least until 5:00.
Tomorrow will come and the mysteries of Microsoft Office Project 2007 and Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 (MOP and MOPS – sorry Brian) will be revealed.


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MVP Global Summit 2007

March 11th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

This year, Microsoft will again be hosting the MVP Global Summit 2007 in Seattle. Ken, Daniel, Joseph and me from MSBlog will be attending the summit.

Most of the things that is being covered during the Summit 2007 is under NDA, but we’ll try to give you insights on the non-NDA informations.

We’ll keep you updated! 🙂

More information about the MVP Global Summit 2007:

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MVP Insider: January 2007-MSBLOG’s Daniel Lai

January 1st, 2007 by Patrick S

I, on behalf of MSBLOG would like to extend a big congratulations to our very own Daniel Lai-This years first MVP insider for 2007. Daniel is frequently writing Knowledge Base (KB) articles for Microsoft, participating in beta & public News Groups and being an all round mentor to Microsoft beta testers in general.
Congratulations Daniel 🙂
See Daniels MVP Insider article here

On a side note, I would also like to congratulate another MSBLOG author, Joseph Bittman AND Jabez Gan for being re-awarded MVP status in their work in the DPM/Windows Server field for another year.

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Microsoft forced to revoke Patchou’s MVP award

October 10th, 2006 by Patrick S

One week after it named the creator of a Windows Messenger add-on to its list of Most Valued Professionals (MVPs), Microsoft has revoked the award.  The news spurred criticism from fellow MVPs and the Windows Live Community due to Patchou’s Messenger Plus product being bundled with an optional adware.

Patchou’s popularity grew after he created Messenger Plus, a free program that adds some useful functions to Microsoft’s instant-messaging software (Windows Live Messenger), like the ability to stack several chat windows together and access them via tabs.
He was nominated and then last week, Microsoft named Cyril Paciullo, the creator of Messenger Plus and Messenger Plus Live, to its list of MVPs. The award recognizes people with expertise in Microsoft products who make significant contributions to other users, often in the form of technical advice.

Once the award was handed to Patchou people were up in arms over the issue alciming that his software distributed LOP,  a major source of annoyance and anger for web-users. This however is not true… Patchou switched to a different vendor that installs a small harmless and above all OPTIONAL software package with ads targeted at people from particular countries. These complainers won and the rest is history…

Microsoft released this following statement:
Microsoft today issued the following statement: “Cyril Paciullo was awarded with MVP status this year on the basis of his technical expertise and strong community contribution. However, his active MVP Award status was revoked as soon as the extent of the connection between his application and spyware was made apparent to the MVP Program.“.

While one could easily understand the company’s reaction in this matter, the very fact that Patchou was awarded the MVP award in the first place proves that Microsoft has acknowledged his extraordinary product expertise and significant contribution to the MSN Messenger and Windows Live Messenger, now and in the past. Once again it’s been proven that all the criticism regarding the optional adware doesn’t devalue the quality of the addon in the eyes of its millions of users and those millions of users cant be wrong.

I can see where people are coming from complaining but in my honest opinion it dosen’t really matter.
Source derived from

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Daniel Lai-Asia MVP Best Practice of the Month

September 29th, 2006 by Patrick S

Our very own Daniel Lai from MSBLOG was just awarded the “MVP Best Practice Of The Month” Award for his Training Guide on Business Desktop Deployment 2007.

Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment 2007 Beta 1 aims to be the best practice guidance on how to optimally deploy Windows Vista and the 2007 Office system. It was spreading out across 6 technical websites including Microsoft newsgroups and TechNet Blog

Daniel has many achievements under his belt-he has written an adv training guide, been invited to deliver internal training to MSFT employees and even teaches Hong Kong MSFT epg Employees on Vista Development 

We here at MSBLOG are proud to have a good friend such as Daniel who strives to be the best…For that we congratulate him-Well Done Daniel and keep em coming!

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April 1st, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

A new shocking addition to the MVP FAQ:

Q20: Why must Microsoft MVPs be 18 years or older?
A20: Microsoft is committed to the safety and privacy of minors. Minors are defined
as anyone who is not 18 years or older. To help ensure this safety, the Microsoft MVP
Program has implemented a policy that all Microsoft MVPs awardees awarded as of
April 2006 affirm that they are 18 years or older.
Q21: What if I am a current MVP and I am younger than 18 years old?
A21: All current MVPs who are younger than 18 will retain their MVP status and may
be considered for re-award in subsequent MVP Program award cycles.

–updated March 20th, 2006

I imagine this will create a slight pang of loss in all MVPs, as the program has lost
part of its main foundation…. that any & all people who are legitimately helpful to
others can be part of the program. With this addition, I’m sure people will feel a
deep disappointment, although I’m sure most people at least slightly “understand”.

At least the MVPs who currently are under 18 will still be considered for being
re-awarded. . . . Which I personally am glad, as I definitely am under 18 years old.

I admit, writting this blog article has the same saddness of writing an obituary
about society’s outlook on helpful people. :'(

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