Scoble has some interesting things to say about Microsoft and communities in advance of the MVP summit. (Read the comments too, they're interesting as well.)
Today we had a chance to meet some of the C++ MVPs. After the first briefing, the MVPs were brought over to our floor for what was called a "mixer" with the C++ team. The idea was good but the execution could have been better. There really wasn't a lot of planning or an agenda. One of our PMs, thinking on his feet, came up with the idea of each of the present C++ team members leading a small group on a walk around the floor to see some C++ team members "in action."
I led a group of three folks around and basically looked for people who didn't seem to be too busy to talk the the MVPs and maybe ask a few questions. I happened to flag down our product unit manager to talk for a few minutes to talk to my group. A couple of the folks gave us some pretty harsh feedback on managed C++ and the .NET Framework, using VC7 with some of the modern C++ libraries, and how the 7.0 source editor and the compiler differed in how they handled unix-style newlines in source files. This was good feedback for us to hear.
This was the first time something like this has happened while I've been on the team. I hope it happens again. I think next time we'll be a little better prepared.