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MVP Global Summit 2018 is this week!
Today kicks off the first day of the Microsoft MVP Global Summit 2018! The MVP Summit is an event where Microsoft invites all the currently active Microsoft MVP out to Redmond, WA to meet for the week. If you’re not familiar with the Microsoft MVP Program, please read my article “How to become a Microsoft MVP“. Also, if you are a Microsoft MVP, thanks for subscribing to Build Azure Weekly, and I’m going to attempt to meet as many of you as possible this week! It’s going to be awesome!
The MVP Global Summit is essentially a private conference for those who are currently awarded the Microsoft MVP award, as well as Microsoft Regional Directors (RDs) to attend. This year there are approximately 2,000 MVPs and RDs from over 80 countries worldwide coming to attend.
2,000 MVPs and RDs traveling from over 80 countries.
530+ sessions and workshops and presentations.
And too many unique moments to count.
— MVP Award Program (@MVPAward) March 1, 2018
The way the MVP Summit is run is that the presenters are all Microsoft employees from the various product teams. Then, MVPs get to attend sessions within their Award Categories / Expertise. Through this they get to meet product team members at Microsoft, network with other Microsoft MVPs and RDs, as well as offer feedback to the product teams. The Feedback aspect is really one of the big reasons Microsoft holds the MVP Global Summit each year. This provides a means for Microsoft to get early feedback and suggestions from leaders in the community to help make all the products and releases even better.
It is also worth noting that in order to attend, all MVPs must sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) with Microsoft, as the sessions are full of early previews of what’s coming over the next few months. As a result of the NDA, anything new and yet to be released publicly that is presented and talked about at the MVP Global Summit can be talked about publicly until Microsoft themselves releases it publicly. While I’m certain to learn about a ton of awesome stuff in the pipeline, I unfortunately will not be able to share any kind of summary of the event content in next weeks Build Azure Weekly. Just be sure to keep an eye out over the next few months for awesome announcements and releases that MVPs likely got an early sneak peak at during Summit. 🙂
For those of you attending the Microsoft MVP Global Summit 2018, I just got in a bunch of Build Azure sticker that I’ve brought with me. 🙂 No hoops to jump through to get a sticker. You just need to meet me in person and say “Hi”. I’m excited to meet everyone at the summit!
New @BuildAzure stickers arrived!! I’ll have them with me at #MVPSummit18 next week if anyone wants one. 😀 #MVPBuzz #Azure #Cloud https://t.co/yG159YzKVd https://t.co/oFtoaAWMCW pic.twitter.com/4qi1oK0hmr
— Chris Pietschmann (@crpietschmann) February 28, 2018
The Weeks Top Links
Here are some of the most notable links from the week:
- How to Setup an Ubuntu Linux VM in Azure with Remote Desktop (RDP) Access by Chris Pietschmann
- Apple not using Microsoft Azure anymore? by Chris Pietschmann
- The Countdown Is On – Get Ready for the MVP Global Summit! via MVP Award Program
- Students: Get career-ready with Azure for Students by Student Developer Evangelism Team
- Microsoft Teams Now Lets You Add Guest Users With Any Email by Mehedi Hassan
- Confidently plan your cloud migration: Azure Migrate is now generally available! by Shon Shah
- Azure Load Balancer to become more efficient by Raman Deep Singh
- 10 Golden Rules of MVP Summit by Jen Stirrup
Azure Service Updates
Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:
- General availability: Application consistent backup for Linux VMs by using Azure Backup
- Power BI Workspace Collections is being retired
- Public preview: Azure Backup integration with Azure Files
- GUID migration: Stream Analytics
- TCP Connections added to App Service diagnostics
- February update for Azure IoT Edge
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