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I am no longer a Setup & Deployment MVP

But now an Windows Expert-IT Pro MVP  (and still a drama queen, obviously)

After 6 1/2 year as an Setup & Deployment MVP (lately know as Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing) I have now changed expertise area to be become an Windows Expert-IT Pro MVP

I will still do setup & deployment, but the Windows Expert-IT Pro will be a better fit for how I work and still have lots of great connections into the deployment communities. Looking forward to be a member of this new cool group of people




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