Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Microsoft Opens Product Development Cycle and Knowledge Base To Most Valuable Professional Contributions

Microsoft Opens Product Development Cycle and Knowledge Base To Most Valuable Professional Contributions "At the annual Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Summit, Microsoft Corp. executives announced the Community Solutions Content Program for Microsoft Knowledge Base, key updates regarding the Microsoft MVP Source Licensing Program, and new feedback, assistance and community tools tailored for MVPs that will help facilitate feedback in the Microsoft® product development cycle. An audience of more than 1,500 MVP award recipients, representing more than 63 countries, heard the announcements at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center.
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Allchin provided an update on the Microsoft MVP Source Licensing Program that was announced to MVPs in October 2003. To date, more than 200 MVPs in eligible countries are licensed through the Shared Source Initiative and are now accessing one of Microsoft's most valuable assets, Windows® source code. Each source-licensing program under the Shared Source Initiative is tailored to the needs of a particular Microsoft constituent community and can be applied as a model for increasing code transparency throughout commercial software. The MVP Source Licensing Program was designed with the MVP community's unique needs for source-code access in mind. Raising the level of self-support the community can find inspires greater community participation and provides a stronger feedback loop to Microsoft."
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