Brian Harry, Microsoft Corporate Vice President

“We could not be successful without such an incredibly valuable and engaged group of people working with us.” Brian Harry, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Developer Division—speaking about the MVP community

Panos Panay, Microsoft Corporate Vice President

“There was something special going on with the MVPs. Feeling how people are using our products is so important.” Panos Panay, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Surface—speaking about MVP feedback at the MVP Global Summit

T.K. Rengarajan, Corporate Vice President

“Give us the feedback and hold us to high standards. High standards are our friend. It’s what we owe to our customers and to MVPs.” T.K. Rengarajan, Corporate Vice President, Data Platform - speaking to MVPs

Overview


Who are MVPs?

Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, or MVPs, are technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. They are always on the "bleeding edge" and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products and solutions, to solve real world problems. MVPs make up a global community of over 4,000 technical experts and community leaders across 90 countries and are driven by their passion, community spirit, and quest for knowledge. Above all and in addition to their amazing technical abilities, MVPs are always willing to help others - that's what sets them apart.

Get to know some MVPs

What is the MVP Award?

For more than two decades, the Microsoft MVP Award is our way of saying "Thanks!" to outstanding community leaders. The contributions MVPs make to the community, ranging from speaking engagements, to social media posts, to writing books, to helping others in online communities, have incredible impact. Key benefits to MVPs include early access to Microsoft products, direct communication channels with our product teams and an invitation to the Global MVP Summit, an exclusive annual event hosted in our global HQ in Redmond. They also have a very close relationship with the local Microsoft teams in their area, who are there to support and empower MVPs to address needs and opportunities in the local ecosystem. Other benefits include an executive recognition letter, an MSDN technical subscription, and an Office 365 subscription.

Find out more about the MVP award structure!

How do I become an MVP?

There are 3 very simple steps: Be an expert, do lots of what you love, and let us know! Really, there isn't a long checklist of things you need to do to become an MVP. The best MVPs really excel in step #2: they LOVE what they do. And we can tell! Whether you're a great speaker, have a talent in blogging, lead a top technical community, are a social media superstar, a top GitHub or StackOverflow contributor or have a totally different and cool way to share your passion for our products and services, we'd love to know more! Or, if you know of someone who you believe has what it takes to be an MVP, go ahead and nominate them right now!

See some great examples that showcase our MVPs!

When can I become an MVP?

We want to award the best and brightest technical community leaders as quickly as possible! We accept nominations every day and we review new nominations in near real time. We recognize new MVPs on the first of every month. We will get in contact with you when we review your nomination. If you have not received news from us by the beginning of the month following your nomination, don’t worry! You are still being evaluated and you should hear from us within next couple of weeks. As you can imagine, sometimes we receive a lot of applications, therefore, this process can take longer. If you have any questions, please contact the MVP global support channel. If you know of someone who you believe has what it takes to be an MVP (including yourself, of course), go ahead and nominate them right now!

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