Microsoft Readies Redmond for Most Valuable Pros SummitBy Peter Galli | Posted 2004-04-02 Email Print
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Executives will announce major changes to how Microsoft incorporates customer feedback into its product life cycles at the company's annual professional users conference.Microsoft Corp. this week will host about 1,500 of its Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) at its Redmond campus, where the software titan plans to announce big changes to how it incorporates their feedback into its product life cycles.
The 1,500 attending this year's summit hail from 65 countries across the globe and comprise more than half of Microsoft's current 2,600 global MVPs. It is also double the 750-odd MVPs who showed up for last year's summit.
Attendees will be treated to an executive session in Seattle on Tuesday, where they will hear from key executives including CEO Steve Ballmer; Jim Allchin, the group vice president for platforms; and Eric Rudder, the senior vice president for servers and tools.
The theme for this year's summit is "Inspired communities inspiring people" and is Microsoft's way of acknowledging that community for its deep technical expertise, knowledge, feedback and voice in its product-development life cycle, Sean O'Driscoll, the director of Microsoft's MVP and Technical Communities in Redmond, Wash., told eWEEK in an interview Friday.