Developer MVPs of the Year
Monday, March 25, 2013
“The award itself adds a nice dash of credibility with customers, but the biggest benefit has been the broad exposure to product teams at Microsoft and other MVPs."
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Microsoft’s Developer Division has created what has become a tradition over the last four years: recognizing exceptional contributors in the already exceptional MVP community. This year 32 community leaders were recognized with the “MVP of the Year” distinction.
 
Among them were Visual Basic MVP Kathleen Dollard and Windows Azure MVP Michael Collier.  "I'm humbled to be voted MVP of the Year for the second year,” said Kathleen. “I've been involved in the program for 15 years and have watched it grow. One of the best aspects of the MVP Award is that we represent the average developer to the teams to help them make decisions going forward. We give honest feedback that really improves the products."
 
Michael agreed: “I felt very humbled when I was notified I was named an MVP of the Year. There are a lot of other very good MVPs. Being voted for by this community is such an honor. It means a lot.”
 
Recipients of this award are selected by MVP Award and product group team members, as well as voted on by their peers. Their outstanding contributions to technical communities range from providing feedback to help improve Microsoft products to delivering solutions and answers in forums. They also provide content to the community at events, online, or in print.
 
S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Developer Division, noted the value all MVPs provide to Microsoft and technical communities, explaining, “I see immense value in our MVP community. These are our best and most passionate customers, those who take it upon themselves to learn about everything we’re doing, to provide invaluable feedback, and to then help the rest of the world discover and make the most of our technologies. I view our MVPs as ambassadors to the technologies and work that we do at Microsoft. MVPs end up being a trusted connection for the engineering teams, helping both to guide the direction of our products and to help other customers successfully utilize Microsoft platforms and tools. I personally take any opportunity I get to spend time with MVPs around the world and to hear what they have to say: I find their perceptions of what we’re doing, how we’re doing it, and how we stack against the competition to be quite illuminating and insightful. In my experience, MVPs are both vocal and honest in their feedback to us – both where we are doing well, and more importantly where we should be doing better. That is super valuable.”
 
Here’s a full list of this year’s recipients:
Name 
Award
Mike Fourie
Visual Studio ALM – MVP Of The Year
Mattias Sköld 
Visual Studio ALM – MVP Of The Year
Kris van der Mast 
ASP.NET/IIS – MVP Of The Year
Ward Bell 
ASP.NET/IIS – MVP Of The Year
James Newton-King  
ASP Insider Of The Year
Kathleen Dollard 
Visual Basic – MVP Of The Year
Alessandro del Sole 
Visual Basic – MVP Of The Year
Peter Ritchie 
Visual C# – MVP Of The Year
Jason Bock 
Visual C# – MVP Of The Year
Paulo Morgado 
Visual C# – MVP Of The Year
David Cravey  
Visual C++ – MVP Of The Year
Tomas Petricek 
Visual F# – MVP Of The Year
Michael Collier 
Windows Azure – MVP Of The Year
Magnus Mårtensson
Windows Azure – MVP Of The Year
Rick Garibay
Microsoft Integration – MVP Of The Year
Steef-Jan Wiggers 
Microsoft Integration – MVP Of The Year
Cindy S. Meister
VSTO – MVP Of The Year
Atley Hunter
Windows Phone – MVP Of The Year
Michael Taylor 
Top Connect Bug Filer – MVP Of The Year
David Lowndes 
Top Connect Bug Filer – MVP Of The Year
Kazushi Kamegawa 
Top Connect Bug Filer – MVP Of The Year
Reed Copsey 
Top MSDN forum contributor  – MVP Of The Year
Cor Ligthert 
Top MSDN forum contributor  – MVP Of The Year
Igor Tandetnik 
Top MSDN forum contributor  – MVP Of The Year
Peter Van Der Goes 
Top MSDN forum contributor  – MVP Of The Year
Adavesh Managaon 
Top MSDN forum contributor  – MVP Of The Year
Viorel Bejan 
Top MSDN forum contributor  – MVP Of The Year
Jon Skeet  
Top Stackoverflow contributor – MVP Of The Year
Darin Dimitrov 
Top Stackoverflow contributor – MVP Of The Year
Hans Passant 
Top Stackoverflow contributor – MVP Of The Year
Marc Gravell  
Top Stackoverflow contributor – MVP Of The Year
Schabse Laks 
Top Stackoverflow contributor – MVP Of The Year