In 2008, April 1 was the day when I got my very first SharePoint Server MVP award. Then it's been followed by six others, in six consecutive years.
But today is different.
After these seven years of being a SharePoint Server MVP, it's time for a change. (Seven year itch, like in every relationship, right? :-) )
Today is different (but I wouldn't say I'm surprised).
Recently, Microsoft's focus has been more and more shifted to the cloud and hybrid solutions. While Enterprise Search still happens on-premises and therefore SharePoint Server has an unquestionnable role, services and features in the cloud get stronger and stronger, including findability and discovery. Office 365 gets into more and more businesses as the basis of their digital workspaces. One of the biggest (if not the biggest) theme of SharePoint 2016 will be definitely hybrid.
With this change, my focus has been shifted, too. While still working with on-premises a lot, I have been transitioned more to the cloud recently - thanks to Office Graph and Delve in Office 365. Moreover, in hybrid solutions, Search is (and will be more and more) the primary integration point. (If you want to learn more, join me at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago, IL, 4-8 May, 2015).
Looks like Microsoft also recognized this shift in my recent work.
April 1, 2015 is the day, when after seven years of being SharePoint Server MVP, I got awarded as Office 365 MVP.
Thank you Microsoft, thank you community. Thank you all of my customers, readers and followers - it's a great honor to serve you. I'm looking forward to what this year brings to me!