By Nestor Portillo

This has been an exciting year already at Microsoft, and it keeps getting better with the help of our fantastic customers and global technology community.

 
We are in the midst of a busy launch period with the latest versions of a number of Microsoft technologies hitting the market. This week Visual Studio 2010, Silverlight 4 and .NET 4.0 will all be released and MVPs have played a key role testing these since last year. The broad impact that these technologies will have for consumers, developers and businesses is truly tremendous.
 
The launch of these three technologies coincides with DevConnections, a three day conference (April 12-14) in Las Vegas geared toward the developer community. And this year’s DevConnections is really special to everyone in our program because more than 60 percent of the presentations and content are from MVPs.
 
At the same time, at other major launch events, MVPs will be sharing their expertise and helping introduce these technologies around the world.
 
Think about that for a second – these top leaders within the global tech community will be instrumental in helping launch new technology tools that will impact millions.
 
During these worldwide events, MVPs also will spend time moderating educational panels, meeting with friends, making new friends and sharing their challenges, successes and experiences. That is the very essence of community, and that is exciting.
 
But what is even more exciting is knowing that the contributions MVPs make to the technology community don’t end when a product launches. They continue as MVPs share their real-world experience through blogs and books and forums—and as MVPs help shape the customer experience for applications being built right now for Surface, Windows phone and other Microsoft platforms.
 
For those attending any of the launch events around the world this week, we look forward to hearing from you about these events! If you’re not attending, check out the #MVPBuzz hashtag on Twitter for the latest news during this exciting week.

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