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April 1st

In my house April 1st is greeted with some trepidation.

I don't mean the April fools jokes, trying to spot when friends and families are trying to catch you out, but something else.

For me, April 1st is when I hear if Microsoft have honoured me with MVP status for another year.

MVPs are awarded annually, and this happens every quarter. I am on the 2nd quarter, so get the email on April 1st. No doubt there are many newcomers to the programme who think it is a joke, particularly if they haven't had contact from Microsoft beforehand to give them an indication that they are being considered.

My MVP, for the Microsoft Exchange product, was first awarded in 2005 and I have been fortunate enough to be re-awarded every year since. It is nice to be recognised for the contribution I make to the Exchange community.

This year April is looking like a busy month, with Cumulative Update 1 for Exchange 2013 being released and the migrations to the new version beginning.