Newsletter Archives

  • Microsoft cancels the MVP summit

    I’m sure many of you are breathing a sigh of relief. The COVID-19 situation doesn’t look good, especially in the Seattle area, and MS has officially cancelled the Summit. If you’re registered, you should’ve received an email.

    In light of recent developments globally and the growing concerns around the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Microsoft has made the decision that this year’s MVP/ Regional Director Summit will be an online-only / virtual event. It will be scheduled for the same week (Mar 16-20).

    Our entire team is working hard to plan and prepare an alternate experience that still provides the exclusive in-depth technical sessions in an online-only format and be inclusive to our globally distributed community.

    Good decision.

    P.S. I stopped going to conferences about 25 years ago. Always wondered why the computer industry, of all groups, would have physical get-togethers.

  • The Microsoft MVP Global Summit is in Seattle in two weeks. Are you really, really sure you want to go?

    I’m not sure why MS hasn’t cancelled the summit.

    Consider the genome sequencing from @seattleflustudy, reported by Trevor Bedford:

    I believe we’re facing an already substantial [COVID-19] outbreak in Washington State that was not detected until now due to narrow case definition requiring direct travel to China.

  • A break – in praise of COVID-19 sanity

    I’m not an epidemiologist. You aren’t either. But I’ve bumped into a tremendous series of Tweets from someone who is, Alistair Miles.

    I rarely comment about the world at large from here at AskWoody Central. You get enough of that bombardment every day from a million sources. But this measured, informed and reasoned response really struck a chord.

    Miles concludes by saying:

    If you know someone who works in healthcare, reach out and say hi, and thank you.

    … and I would like to reach out to all of you who work in healthcare (and those of you who help folks in healthcare), and say hi and thank you.

    Things are going to get hairy. But there’s no need to panic. We’re all in this leaky boat together.

    (Comment, if you feel so inspired, but leave the politics out of it, please! Many mistakes have been made. Many more will be made. This post is all about thanking and encouraging folks who will face a tough time, on our behalf. Nuff said.)