The comments are somewhat amusing, less so since they updated the article to remove/correct the bit about MVPs being MS evangelists.
I’m not an MVP, never have been, probably never will (but I will be presenting alongside a bunch of them next week). I think the work they (and some non MVPs) do on the newsgroups and in the community/ecosystem in general is really valuable, to users and to Microsoft. It seems reasonable then that MS acknowledge and reward their contribution.
I understand the concerns about a conflict of interest, access to NDA stuff – I have that as part of the MSO Advisory Council. And I understand that Google and MS compete in many areas. But I still don’t see why the guy has been advised not to seek renewal. His MVP was probably part of the reason he got recruited to ‘the chocolate factory’ in the first place. Maybe they are trying to make him less attractive to other employers so they can shaft him on rate?
I’m not an employee, not since 1996, and I doubt I ever will be, but if my employer recommended I give up an award I had earnt with hard work in my own time, I can only think I would tell them to fark right off. Maybe thats why I’m self employed?
What about you?