MVP - C#
I just received this email message from Microsoft this morning:
Dear Wesner Moise,
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.
Your extraordinary efforts in Visual Developer - Visual C# technical communities during the past year are greatly appreciated....
Apparently, I am more valuable to Microsoft now than I was when I used to work there. Maybe the award is a subtle but effective way to influence me and preemptively quash any criticism I might write have about Microsoft in the likely event I become even more well-known. Or, maybe Microsoft actually appreciates my efforts in my blog and elsewhere. Nah. Either way, thanks, MS.
I gain all sorts of access to new confidential information about future products at Microsoft, which I can no longer talk about until one of the MSDN bloggers spills the beans. The information has to be something that I knew beforehand or that has been become publicly available. I used to write about "undocumented" aspects of .NET, so now each post places me in legal jeopardy. I'll have to wait in hiding and then pounce on a careless MSDN blogger who leaks information. I might have to link to my sources for all the juicy bits.