MVPs and the Evolution of Windows
Friday, June 27, 2014
As Microsoft’s operating system continues to rapidly evolve, MVPs in a range of expertises are out in force, helping people understand their choices to make the most of their devices and services.
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For more than two decades, MVPs have been on the forefront of helping people around the world make the most of their Microsoft technologies, including its centerpiece, the Windows operating system, from Windows 3.1 to Windows 8.1 and all the releases in between. Today, with Microsoft’s new rapid release cadence, their expertise is more important than ever.
 
MVPs recently served as leaders in a few critical initiatives: providing real-world guidance for the end of support of Windows XP, which first launched in 2001, and helping developers create applications across a range of Windows devices.
 
In blogs, on Twitter, at hands-on events and in webcasts, MVPs around the world helped people prepare for the end of support for Windows XP, compare the benefits of Windows 8.1 and answer a wide range of migration questions.
 
And inspired by highly successful, MVP-led events such as Global Windows Azure Bootcamp, MVPs around the world turned out this year for other landmark events such as Windows Phone Week,  //learn/ and //publish/.
 
An event designed for the community by the community and powered by WPDev Fusion, //learn/ Global Community Webcast is helping new and experienced Windows app developers get up to speed on a range of important topics:
 
 
  • Introduction to Windows Phone 8.1
  • Adapting UI for Different Screens
  • Getting Started Building Windows XAML Apps
  • Windows Runtime XAML App Lifecycle
  • Page Navigation and Data Binding
  • Localization, Globalization in Windows XAML Apps
  • Lists
  • Tiles, badges and toasts and Action Center
  • Page Layout Controls & Transition Animations
  • Background Tasks
 
Content is delivered in eight languages:
 
 
  • English
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
 
You can find the webcast here.
 
Then on May 16-17, Microsoft and the MVP community teamed up to produce //publish/, the first globally-connected, simultaneous event delivering coaching and 1:1 consulting focused solely on helping developers over the final mile of app development and preparing them for success in the Windows Phone and Windows Stores. The event included 13 sessions online and delivered onsite troubleshooting and expert support in the open coding forums. Topics included design, monetization, localization, performance and publishing and were overwhelmingly well-received by the more than 2,500 attendees.
 
Around the World
 
Here’s a sampling of MVP Windows XP end-of-support events, blogs and Tweets.
 
 
  • In France, MVPs Hervé Thibault, and Jean-Sébastien Duchene co-delivered a session with Jean-Philippe Dupuich, Product Marketing Manager for System Center at Microsoft France, at the Agile Management Day.
 
 
  • In the UK, MVP Chris Rhodes created a video for the TechNet UK Blog highlighting some of the benefits associated with moving to Windows 8.1 compared to Windows XP, while the WUG (UK Windows UG), run by Chris together with MVPs Mike Halsey and Andrew Bettany, shared its expertise delivering talks at Virtual Machine User Group (VMUG) events, focusing on Windows 8.1 – Virtualization, Security, XP EOS and Q&A.
 
  • In Canada, five MVPs produced guidance for the Windows XP End of Life campaign. Here are some highlights:
 
 
  • And four MVPs answered common XP end-of-support questions in an Ask the Expert blog post on the Microsoft Canada website.
 
By the Numbers
 
//publish:
One simultaneous, 24-hour event
More than 60 communities connected worldwide
More than 900 apps submitted onsite, with many more on the way
More than 300 apps published to date
 
//learn:
58 MVPs delivered more than 70 sessions
More than 1,600 developers attended - and counting