I was traveling over the end of the year, and didn’t return home until Saturday, January 4. That’s why I didn’t find out I’d been renewed as a Windows Insider MVP (WIMVP) for 2020 until January 5. My inbox was inundated with over 2,000 messages and it took me a while to find my “MVP Award” email. This status gives me continued access to the Yammer group for Windows Insiders (an invaluable source of information). It also means I will indeed be allowed to attend the MVP Global Summit from March 15-20 in the Seattle metro area (mostly on the main MS campus in Redmond). And unless something comes up to prevent my attendance — last year, I was enmeshed in some legal work as an expert witness and had to bail — I’ll be happy and excited to take part in this year’s summit again.
I’m still in the MVP Directory, if you’d care to look me up.
What does an ET WIMVP mean for Win10.Guru readers?
As a WIMVP I get to hear a fair amount of insider info. But part of the MVP agreement requires me to keep mum on anything about future Windows features and functions, and anything else that MS explicitly identifies as “off-limits for sharing with the public.”
Alas, that means much (if not most) of what I read on the Yammer forum or see and hear at the Global Summit can’t be shared with you, our readers. However, that won’t stop me from reporting on things I learn where I can provide evidence or demonstrate Windows aspects through screen caps or observation of Windows Insider Previews made available to the Insider program participants.
That’s pretty much what I’ve been doing since I started writing for Win10.Guru which launched on January 1, 2018. By no coincidence whatsoever, that’s the same day I became a WIMVP for the first time.
One more thing: because I do have the ability to interact more directly with the Windows Team in general and the Insider Team in particular than most people, I can act as a conduit for reporting especially vexing, damaging, or scary Windows problems. If you encounter such things and get no response via the Feedback Hub or answers.Microsoft.com, drop me an email at EdTittel at Win10 dot Guru. I’ll do my best to forward such things along to the responsible developers. I can’t say my own input has provoked LOTS of action on that front over the past two years, but I have seen evidence that my input has been inspected. In some cases, it even seems to have resulted in changes or fixes, albeit minor ones.
Author: Ed Tittel
Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran. He’s a Princeton and multiple University of Texas graduate who’s worked in IT since 1981 when he started his first programming job. Over the past three decades he’s also worked as a manager, technical evangelist, consultant, trainer, and an expert witness. See his professional bio for all the details.