I received some exciting news in my inbox this morning! I have been recognized as a Microsoft MVP in the category of Windows Desktop Experience for 2010 for my community contributions over the past year! Over the years a number of my online colleagues have also been recognized for their passion and willingness to help people understand technology and receive the most from their investments.
I feel honored and humbled to join a large community of experts around the world who willingly share their time and knowledge through various avenues such as user groups, newsgroups, online forums, website’s and blogs.
"Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2010 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Windows Desktop Experience technical communities during the past year.
The Microsoft MVP Award provides us the unique opportunity to celebrate and honor your significant contributions and say "Thank you for your technical leadership."
My journey into blogging started back in December 2004 (5 years ago) when Microsoft started their online blogging service MSN Spaces which was renamed as part of the Windows Live wave of Services). Like many I was enthralled by the excitement surrounding the development of Windows ‘codename’ Longhorn which eventually became Windows Vista. From then on my enthusiasm for Windows grew into a passion. Throughout those years I was able to expand my reach through the opportunity of writing reviews and articles for ActiveWin.com thanks to founders Bob Stein, MVP and Byron Hinson.
My love of technology has allowed me to have various stints at website’s such as Longhorn Blogs (now Windows-Now), Extended64, Windows Connected, the Microsoft Clubhouse and most recently Notebooks.com. The opportunity for me to start my very own blog and share my opinions with you about technology allows me to help and learn from so many of you in return. It has been one of the great aspects of blogging. That’s one of the key things about technology and the essence of the MVP Program itself, the opportunity to share and learn.
I must give special thanks to my readers for coming to Teching It Easy for so many years and reading my thoughts, opinions and reviews. Last but certainly not least, a major thank you to Microsoft for having the confidence in me to entrusted with this prestigious award. To be recognized for your passion is amazing! Of course, with the MVP Award come new responsibilities, which is to bring you information that is always accurate, responsible and dependable while building on that strong spirit of community!
Andre Da Costa