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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-10-22 Print this article Print

Asked specifically about Office, he said giving access to the Office source code is "ultimately a possibility if MVPs come to us and say they want and need it. A lot of the MVPs are focused on the desktop and productivity applications, so we are willing to walk down that path and look at what that would look like. But its not available today," he said.
MVP Phil Webster, the founder of cSwing LLC, a golf swing video analysis company based in El Paso, Texas, welcomes the possibility of more source code becoming available over time. He told eWEEK that a limitation with the program is that access is given pretty much just to the operating system source code.
"If something comes out that is not tied directly to the operating system, like DirectX 9, the code may not then be made available to me, depending on what happens with the upcoming Windows XP Service pack. I would really like access to the current DirectX source tree code," he said. For its part, Microsoft has assured Webster that this is something the company is looking into, he said. While Webster said MVPs would have liked access to the code earlier, he understands what a difficult challenge giving such access poses. "But we are more apt to give Microsoft feedback than its enterprise customers because we use its products and push them to the limit," he said. The expansion of the Windows Shared Source Programs to MVPs is part of a process of continually expanding that program, Lori Moore, a corporate vice president for product support and services at Microsoft, told eWEEK in an interview. The number of MVPs has risen over the past year from some 1,250 representing 55 products in 40 languages to 1,868 supporting some 70 Microsoft technologies in 67 countries. "We are expanding the program cautiously and trying to make sure we have good language support in different regions and effective evangelists out there in the community on behalf of Microsofts products," she said. Microsoft does not give its MVPs any monetary payment; they were volunteers in the community, Moore said, noting that Microsoft continually enhances the program to help them build product expertise. MVPs will now also benefit from Microsoft Learning as they want access to all the latest content, training and materials for both new and old products. "Were leveraging a lot of the in-house knowledge that we have and that of our engineers and product teams and making that available to the MVPs," Moore said. "They will also receive content around IT pros and developers in the marketplace through the Microsoft eLearning library. They will also receive a Microsoft Certified Professional voucher that can be used for exams," she said. Discuss this in the eWEEK forum.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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