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Windows 7: Google employees; no longer MVPs?

05 Oct 2009   #1
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 
Google employees; no longer MVPs?

Google tells employee: you can no longer be a Microsoft MVP


Quote:
The Microsoft MVP status is awarded to individuals around the world who Redmond wants to recognize for sharing their high-quality, real-world technical expertise with the community and with Microsoft.

In October 2003, Skeet was awarded Microsoft MVP status, and Microsoft renewed his MVP status every year for the next five years. Those days are over. While Microsoft says it has no problem with a Google employee keeping their MVP status, Google certainly does.

Google tells employee: you can no longer be a Microsoft MVP - Ars Technica
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05 Oct 2009   #2
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

That is sad, I would think even Google could find a way to use this to there advantage.
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05 Oct 2009   #3
Orbital Shark

 
 

I just had to at this
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06 Oct 2009   #4
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there

Whilst I'm not normally in favour of yet more Lawyers - this to me sounds a perfectly good case of testing this in court.

What you do in your own time or what external qualifications you get (provided they are within the law) are UTTERLY NO BUSINESS OF YOUR EMPLOYER.

Would you get fired because for example if you enjoy playing the guitar and did some gigs at weekends or went out busking.

I'd certainly challenge the ruling google made there.

I've heard of similar issues at a large International Oil company not allowing people to call themselves Dr .... on the business cards when thye have a perfectly legit Ph.D from well known Universities.

After a LOT of rumblings and hassle the Oil company relented (and why not - it's not easy getting a Ph.D why shouldn't you use it in your address - ypu've earned it.

Same as Microsoft MVP - they don't give those out for nothing either.

Cheers
jimbo
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06 Oct 2009   #5
AlexT2889

Windows 7™ Home Premium x64/Sony PS3 XrossMediaBar™ FW 3.30/Sony PSP XrossMediaBar™ FW 6.20
 
 

If I was an employee at Google with an Microsoft MVP badge, I would've said "F U" and piss on their multi colored gay rainbow logo on front lawn and apply at Microsoft while randomly high fivin Ballmer going down the hallway.
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06 Oct 2009   #6
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Aw, c'mon Alex, dont hold back...tell us how you really feel..
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06 Oct 2009   #7
ussj4brolli

Windows 7 PRO x64
 
 

Quote:
Hi there

Whilst I'm not normally in favour of yet more Lawyers - this to me sounds a perfectly good case of testing this in court.

What you do in your own time or what external qualifications you get (provided they are within the law) are UTTERLY NO BUSINESS OF YOUR EMPLOYER.

Would you get fired because for example if you enjoy playing the guitar and did some gigs at weekends or went out busking.

I'd certainly challenge the ruling google made there.

I've heard of similar issues at a large International Oil company not allowing people to call themselves Dr .... on the business cards when thye have a perfectly legit Ph.D from well known Universities.

After a LOT of rumblings and hassle the Oil company relented (and why not - it's not easy getting a Ph.D why shouldn't you use it in your address - ypu've earned it.

Same as Microsoft MVP - they don't give those out for nothing either.

Cheers
jimbo
100% agreed.
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06 Oct 2009   #8
Joan Archer

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 10 64bit
 
 

Saw this in another forum and agree he should not have declined the award, after all he got it for the work he'd already done anyway.

I believe he is well known among the MVP's and the community so not having it will not make any difference to the way he continues to help out, it is all voluntary after all.
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06 Oct 2009   #9
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

So Google workers have to remove their MVP status off their business cards?

I recon this is BS, I like to see how someone could submitted their CV to google without any knowledge of MS. And i don't mean a cleaner's role at their offices (if they do have offices that is).
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06 Oct 2009   #10
Scotteq

Windows 7 (x64)
 
 

....would it be considered overly snarky for someone to modify one's business card to say "MSFT MVP Title Removed Under Threat Of Job Loss"? Or would that simply be a self~fulfilling prophesy?
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