The Server and Cloud Community Lead Blog

A place to share my thoughts on community and what I am doing inside of Microsoft to drive robust conversations between our Product Development Teams and our customers.

I'm back, sort of

I'm back, sort of

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It has been a while since I blogged from here for many reasons. As I developed into my role as a community lead at Microsoft, I began to feel strongly that the best way to communicate a message is not through an individual blog, but through a team blog. Why should someone have to listen to my blog to find out details about a beta or an upcoming event or any other news?

Having said that, I think that there is a role that my blog can play for a smaller audience who may interested in what kinds of things we are doing in terms of community in the Server and Cloud Division and also across Microsoft.

Clearly, well at least to me, discussion of future release is out of bounds. I will be discussing community efforts in terms of our in market products.

Some topics that I plan to discuss soon and over the next couple of months: 

  • Transparency. Not in terms of sharing NDA information, but just absolute truth and honesty with customers in terms of decisions and possibly mistakes made.
  • Microsoft's team/technology blog versus individual blog approach and the question of consolidation. How much is too much?
  • What we know about our IT Pros in the way that they research as well as problem solve.
  • Making our Content Count. Getting high ROI when we create content for our customers. I will probably write alot about this topic.
  • Out TechNet Wiki and why you should care.
  • Our TechNet TechCenters. Do you subscribe? Is there something that we aren't doing that you think we should be doing?
  • MVPs. Why do we love them so much? What do they get out of it?
  • Community Roadshows. Are they the future or part of our future
  • Betas. Have they dramatically changed from years past?
  • Web Forums. Have we finally provided a robust enough platform for our community to have discussions? What would you add, subtract, change?

I could go on, but I think this will be a good start. If you have any other ideas on what you would like to hear about, please let me know. You can reach me in a lot of places. Post a comment on this blog, contact me via facebook (I am the only Kevin Beares up there last time I checked), LinkedIn, Twitter.

I hope you enjoy the read and please share with your friends if you find the conversation valuable.


Kevin Beares
Senior Community Lead (Breadth Customer Engagement Strategist) 

  • I'd add in the partner forums a recap of the top issues.

    On wiki we/you need to stress tagging.  It's hard to got back and find some of the posts on the wiki.

    I'd identify official twitter-ers so that we know who is authoritative.

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