I was a MCP in 1996
The other day I got an email from Microsoft Certified Learning reminding me to sign in to the site. It has been over a decade since I last visited the site. When I logged in I was pleasantly surprised to see they have data about my certifications done in 1996, 15 Years back. I was one of the earliest to get certified as a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) in Chennai, India. Looking at the transcript below, you know that I have programmed in Windows NT Server & VB 4.0 :-), two pieces of technology that helped me to learn a lot of the basics.
New Year Gift – MVP
Wish you all a happy new year 2007. Today I received a good new year gift – I was nominated and accepted by Microsoft as one of their MVPs (Microsoft Valuable Professional) – Visual Developer Solutions Architect. I have been a Microsoft Regional Director since 1999 but this is an additional title for me to hold. Update 1/Feb/2007: I received my MVP Welcome Kit and the MVP Certificate
Who is a Microsoft Regional Director?
I have been a Microsoft Regional Director since 1999. Everyone I get introduced to first asks me what is Microsoft Regional Director Program and who can be an RD. So far the best way I could describe was by saying “RDs are not Microsoft Employees, they are third-party technical evangelists who are passionate about Microsoft Technologies”. This week one of my fellow Microsoft RD, Jonathan Goodyear has written this piece on “Demystifying the Microsoft Regional Director Program” in ASP.NET Pro Magazine Thanks, Jonathan.
Worldwide Vista – Regional Directors
Today I received a wonderful greeting card for New Year 2007. It was from Kevin Schuler (The Microsoft Manager who runs the Microsoft RD Program) showing a collage created from Photographs of Regional Directors from Around the World, each displaying their notebook computers running Microsoft Vista and Office 2007. The exhibit is nearly 20 feet wide and stretches from ceiling to floor in Microsoft Redmond Campus, Building 18. Needless to say, I am super excited as my photo is also there in Second Row, Fourth Column from the top (or) the most beautiful photo in the lot :-) Read here my previous post about this “My Vista, My Office” Challenge