The first day of the New Year has been very exciting for the last 5 years, as I am keeping extra attention to my inbox looking to see if the magic e-mail arrives. This year it did happen as well:
Dear Jan Egil Ring,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2015 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in PowerShell technical communities during the past year.
I feel very privileged to be part of such an amazing community which has evolved around PowerShell. Highlights of the past year in addition to online contributions:
- Presenting at the NIC conference in Oslo
- Attending the PowerShell Summit, North America
- Attending the Microsoft MVP Global Summit in Seattle
- Joining the PowerShell Magazine as a contributing editor
A lot of exciting things will happen in 2015 as well, such as the upcoming Scripting Games, the 4th Edition of the NIC conference and PowerShell training classes. A new version of Windows will also be released this year, which means a new version of PowerShell (V5) will also be available. Microsoft is constantly releasing preview versions of PowerShell V5, and thus we have been able to see what is coming with regards to new and exciting features such as OneGet, PowerShellGet & PowerShell Gallery, enhancements to Desired State Configuration, ConvertFrom-String and so on.
There are also a lot of new features in the next version of Windows Server to be excited about, such as Storage Replication and Rolling Hyper-V Cluster Upgrades.
I will still maintain blog.powershell.no for publishing conference slides from my speaker sessions, book reviews and so on, but PowerShell related articles will mainly be posted on PowerShell Magazine. I am also publishing articles related to Microsoft infrastructure on my employer’s blog (Crayon Norway).