This article was originally posted June 15, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

Thomas Dawkins Introduces Microsoft Technical Communities


While attending the Microsoft TechEd North America conference last week, I literally ran into Thomas Dawkins just wandering the floor. Thomas is a senior IT Pro Audience Marketing Manager at Microsoft. He is responsible for relationships with IT Pro Groups and User Groups.

In this interview Thomas gave us some hints about the community involvement for the year ahead. Microsoft Technical Communities will officially be launched next fiscal year (next month). Services include helping user groups with speakers, funding, and training. It is also clear that Microsoft is engaging groups in many other markets besides the “small and medium” market we know so well.

If you listen carefully, you’ll hear a very big hint about funding for groups and product launches. For more information, see the new site at (content will be up once the program is officially announced).

Download the Interview with Thomas Dawkins (Time 4:41)