I was very happy to receive the email this morning with the following content:

 

Dear Marcel de Vries,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2007 Microsoft® MVP Award!


The Microsoft MVP Award is our way of saying thank you and to honor and support the significant contributions you make to communities worldwide. As a recipient of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional award, you join an elite group of technical community leaders from around the world who foster the free and objective exchange of knowledge by actively sharing your real world expertise with users and Microsoft.  Microsoft salutes all MVPs for promoting the spirit of community and enhancing people’s lives and the industry’s success everyday.  To learn more about the MVP Program, visit: www.microsoft.com/mvp.

Wahooooo J,
This means I will keep my channels to communicate directly with the teams and that my contributions the past year have been found useful by MS. I do find it great to be rewarded by MS for the work done the past year.  It just costs a lot of time and effort to make contributions to the community as well as providing feedback on upcoming stuff out of band of your daily work. It really encourages me to make further contributions the coming year.

Best wishes for the coming year and hopefully yours will start as great as mine J

CTO at Xpirit, Microsoft Regional Director, Visual studio ALM MVP, Speaker, Pluralsight Author and IT Architect Consultant