February 20, 2012 Leave a comment
I’ve been going to MVP Summits since 2009 (I was made an MVP in October of 2008). Every year, we are presented with some of the roadmap planned for the upcoming year. With Zune, specifically we were privy to great things happening with Zune Social, Zune hardware and software. Of course, now, there isn’t much about Zune to speak of. The product team has been split up and Zune is dissolving into a music+video service for Xbox 360, Windows Phone and Windows PCs.
Taking a look at this year, with Windows 8 and the planned convergence of most of Microsoft’s products and services, I can only imagine what will be discussed in the upcoming MVP Summit. Naturally, everything will be spoken under NDA as this keeps the trust between us MVPs and the product teams at Microsoft.
As a Zune MVP, I’m very curious about the entertainment strategy. Microsoft has made several attempts to really have media mean something with things like PlaysforSure and URGE. Zune was one of the bigger product forays and even made some headway to become the current media service. Yet, I think there’s more to the story that’s being told. By the time 2012 is done not only will the entertainment strategy be robust, but we could be on the cusp of truly being able to have our content everywhere we go. Elements of this is already there, just a few more switches that things could really kick into gear.
Each Summit has brought with it a reason to be excited. This particular Summit could be one of the most exciting given what Microsoft plans to do *this* year. Skydrive seems to finally become what we wanted it to be. Windows Phone will make a smartphone into the single needed device wherever we are. Xbox 360 has become what the Windows Media Center PC couldn’t be. Windows 8 will bring together all of the great services under one roof with a UI that’s great to use no matter what your input style. And let’s not forget the potential with Kinect for Windows.
Yes, this Summit is going to be awesome. I have this feeling that it’s going to be quite difficult to not squee from the raftors about the information presented.
Maybe Twitter should block MVPs from tweeting between the hours of 6pm and 3am, lol.