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The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) team is hosting a live online Q&A on January 15th at 8:30 AM PST

Hey everyone,

Please take a minute to block some time on your calendar next week for this live online Q&A. I have been working with Joey and Rick for a long time and for anyone who has attended any of their sessions at TechEd or any other physical or online session with these two are running, they find them very valuable. Definitely attend and let them know if you want more of this kind of engagement.


Kevin Beares

The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) team is hosting a live online Q&A on January 15th at 8:30 AM PST designed to enable experienced IT Pros to ask technical questions about Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. This exclusive session will feature two of Microsoft’s most popular personalities from “The Edge Show“—Senior Technical Evangelists, Joey Snow and Rick Claus—engaging in demos, dialog and debate shaped by you – a global audience of esteemed IT Pros.

The idea for this live Q&A pilot came about during the delivery of Microsoft learnings popular Jump Start series of live online training events.  We noticed some of the most valuable learning takes place in the chat-based Q&A going on behind-the-scenes. We saw key technologies that were confusing or poorly understood and recognized how beneficial audience-led discussion can be to the larger group for peer learning and exploration. As a result – this PILOT event of a live and interactive Q&A came about where we’ll focus exclusively on helping you better understand how valuable features interrelate to save you time and money.

A bit about who the facilitators will be:

  Joey Snow | Senior Technical Evangelist | @joeysnow
Joey focuses on the IT Professional audience for Windows client. Based in Redmond, WA, Joey works closely with relevant Microsoft Product Teams to evangelize new technology and products to the IT Pro community at large. He shares his knowledge and expertise online – via 
Channel 9 and is a frequent speaker at various Microsoft and industry-sponsored events. Joey has been with Microsoft for over 5 years having previously served over 12 years at a Fortune 500 company where he held a variety of IT roles ranging from IT architecture and management to helpdesk. Outside of work you can find Joey spending time with his wife and two children and actively feeding his sports and music addictions.
  Rick Claus | Senior Technical Evangelist |@RicksterCDN
Rick engages the worldwide Technical Community on behalf of Microsoft. Rick’s role is to support platform awareness and skills development through special events targeting the broad community. Technical areas of expertise from his 20+ years of experience in the IT Industry include: core infrastructure services, virtualization technologies of all kinds, and systems management. Unofficially, Rick is focused on spreading his enthusiasm, passion and excitement on all things technical on his blog ( or in person to anyone who has the time for a coffee (or pint) and a chat (in English or français – naturellement).


Register for this free online event today!

Date/Time: January 15, 2013 – 8:30-10:00am PST (What time is this in my time zone?)