I’m an April 1st recipient of the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award. Each year on April 1, while the rest of the world focuses on the April Fools, I’m still curious to know whether I receive this recognition again.
While the news networks relayed the launch of MS-DOS Mobile, I watched my inbox carefully. MS-DOS Mobile is a joke but you can actually install and run MS-DOS Mobile to see the command-line interface of yesteryear’s computers running on a modern Lumia phone. I took the time to install this application and experiment with it. Going into the C:\PROGRAMS\PHONE directory shows programs like CAMERA.EXE which launches the camera but takes photos composed of ASCII-art characters or dithered monochrome pixels — ASCII being the venerable alphabet-focused encoding system for text on computers.
While dealing with email and avoiding April Fools, I was glad to find my MVP renewal amongst the other messages coming in. This year was no exception.
For twelve consecutive years, I received the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award from Microsoft. MVP status is awarded to credible technology experts who have demonstrated their deep commitment to helping others make the most of their technology, voluntarily sharing their passion and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with the community. While there are more than 100 million social and technical community members, only a small portion are selected to be recognized as MVPs. Each year, around 4,000 MVPs are honored. They are nominated by Microsoft and other community individuals for this annual award. Candidates are rigorously evaluated for their technical expertise, community leadership, and voluntary community contributions for the previous year. They come from more than 90 countries, speak over 40 different languages, and are awarded in more than 90 Microsoft technologies.
According to the MVP blog, there are 984 of us awarded today. I’m happy to be included once again!