Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, or MVPs, are community leaders who’ve demonstrated an exemplary commitment to helping others get the most out of their experience with Microsoft technologies. For more than two decades, the Microsoft MVP Award has provided Microsoft an opportunity to say thank you to independent community leaders and to bring the voice of community into their technology roadmap through direct relationships with Microsoft product teams and events such as the MVP Global Summit.
Microsoft yesterday announced that they are expanding the MVP award program to include broad array of community contributions across technologies. The awards for Developer and IT Pro oriented MVPs are moving from 36 areas of technical expertise to a set of 10, new, broader categories that encompass a combined set of 90 contribution areas—including open source technologies. In addition, all MVPs will now be recognized for their community contributions across multiple technologies.
In the same way that we have listened to invaluable feedback about our products, we have also heard feedback about the MVP program itself. We’ve heard that the MVP program has had limitations in recognizing the breadth of work MVPs do and that the range of product teams MVPs want to communicate with is limited and that doing more with our field teams in local geographies is important. I am pleased to announce that we are taking steps to act on this feedback and evolve the MVP program to support these objectives.
Moving forward, the MVP Award structure will shift to encompass the broad array of community contributions across technologies. For our Developer and IT Pro oriented MVPs, we’re moving from 36 areas of technical expertise to a set of 10 broader categories that encompass a combined set of 90 technology areas—including open source technologies. This will enable much broader contribution recognition for these MVPs, coupled with a durable award title and will also eliminate the limitation of awarding MVP status in only one area.
Overview of the new MVP Award program: