The Microsoft MVP Summit is upon us again. (This is the few days where all of the Microsoft MVPs in the world are invited back to the motherland to meet with the product teams to share feedback and discuss ideas about current and future products.) And like past years, the Remote Desktop Services product group (formerly known as the “Terminal Server” product group) asked all of us MVPs to give a presentation to them about what we’d like to see in future versions of Remote Desktop Services.
Last year we presented the team with some very bold ideas. We basically told them that what we wanted was a drastically different architecture for the “user personality” of Windows, complete with full separation of applications, settings, user state, and data. The team was generally receptive to our idea, although they’ve really gone no where with it.
This is not because the Remote Desktop group doesn’t care. It’s more because it’s the wrong group. Like it or not, the Remote Desktop product group is “just” responsible for the Remote Desktop Services-related capabilities of Windows. So when we present them with these broad and deep sweeping changes that we’d like to see in Windows, their basic response is, “Um, yeah, we’d love that too. But that’s about fifteen levels above our heads. How can we specifically help you with Terminal Services?”
So until we can get a meeting with Ray Ozzie, I guess we’re going to have to limit ourselves to Remote Desktop-related requests and questions.
We have a pretty good list so far (which we’ll share with you later this week), but if anyone else has any ideas, questions, or suggestions for Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Services product group, now’s the time to ask.
Brian Madden TV – this week from Seattle
We’ll be recording another episode of Brian Madden TV this week (to be released on Thursday). Much of the content of this week’s meetings will be covered by NDA, so we won’t be able to report on everything. However, we’ll use the opportunity to leverage (a) the large number of MVPs in one place, and (b) the large number of Microsoft folks to have some interesting conversations and to record some cool demos.
In addition to the specific questions and feedback that we’ll take to Microsoft, are there any questions you’d like to ask the MVPs? What about demos? Anything from Microsoft you’d like us to show you?
And finally, Shawn Bass is an MVP
There’s been a running joke about Shawn that he’s the one of the guys who most deserved to be an MVP that never was. And I’m most known for putting my foot in my mouth about that, often saying things to Shawn like “Don’t you remember at the MVP Summit when…” And of course he’s like, “No, dumbass, I’m not an MVP, remember?”
But this year Shawn was recognized as an MVP, and he’s here at the Summit. A bunch of us met in the lobby, and Shawn asked “Where is the actual kick off?” I told him it was in the convention center, just like last year. But he didn’t remember. It’s ok. He’s still my hero.