Christiaan works as a Principal Program Manager and Community Lead on the Windows 365 cloud PC Engineering team at Microsoft, bringing his expertise to help customers imagine new virtualization experiences. A former Global Black Belt and Senior Technical Specialist for Azure Virtual Desktop, Christiaan joined Microsoft in 2018 as part of the FSLogix acquisition. In his role at Microsoft, he will bring Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) and Microsoft Endpoint Manager (MEM) closer together, drive community efforts around virtualization to empower Microsoft customers in leveraging new cloud virtualization scenarios.
He has also been rewarded with the Microsoft MVP, Citrix CTP, and VMware vExpert community achievements – for his continued support in the EUC community. There were only five people in the world that have all these titles combined – before Christiaan joined Microsoft.
He also co-leads the #VDILIKEAPRO – state of the union community survey, is the founder of the Microsoft meets Community: Azure Virtual Desktop event (aka.ms/wvdevent2021) and is the founder and co-host of the new technical-driven video podcast show called Desktops in the Cloud.
Christiaan published a book called Book Project Byte-Sized – a new community project as co-author, which is now available on Amazon Books!
Besides his normal day job, he also shares his knowledge by speaking at large international conferences, such as Microsoft Ignite, VMware VMworld, Nvidia GTC, Citrix Synergy, ExpertsLive, Parallels Partner Conference, E2E – PubForum (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Athens, Lissabon, Berlin), local user groups (New York, Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, and Denmark User Group), and provides webinars and writes articles for IT vendors, as well as his website, christiaanbrinkhoff.com – to share his passion for Cloud innovation.
As already briefly mentioned above, this community-related work got him the privilege to achieve the following three vendor awards, such as Microsoft Valuable Professional (MVP) (Former – due to joining Microsoft) for Microsoft Azure, Citrix Technology Professional (CTP), and VMware vExpert. The titles gave him the privilege to interact with product management and development teams within Citrix and VMware for problem-solving and future roadmap discussions.
His blog received also the top 20 awards of best Azure Blogs and Websites To Follow in 2019 of feedspot.com – listed at #8, next to other great well-known blogs of the industry!
Christiaan is also part of the Microsoft Azure Advisors group and is an Azure Solutions Architect Expert, MCSE: Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, Azure Specialist, and MCSA Windows Desktop 7, 8 – 10 and Office 365.
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Disclaimer: The blog posts or other publications are my own personal opinions and are by no means associated with my employer.
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