MVP Award Technology Structure

For over 20 years, the Microsoft MVPs have played a vital role in the support, advancement and adoption of our technologies. Today there are more than 4,000 MVPs globally, and many of them now design, build and innovate across multiple platforms, devices and technologies-including open source, creating holistic solutions and helping others to do the same.

In this mobile-first, cloud-first world, the ability to recognize the broad array of community contributions MVPs make across cutting edge technologies and constant innovation is essential. The MVP Award structure is designed to align with Microsoft’s top priorities, while at the same time, allowing us to be agile with the pace of innovation, changes in the market and wide range of contributions you make in the communities today.

We award MVPs in Award Categories which encompass a great number of Developer and IT Pro focused technology areas—including open source. Our Award Categories are specifically designed at a high level for durability and enablement of broad contribution recognition of MVPs in these technology areas. They are also directly aligned to Contribution Areas, an array of related technologies under each Award Category. The Contribution Areas are designed to be dynamic and may change as industry, products and services evolve. They also provide greater insight toward MVP contributions, enabling rich conversations and deeper engagements with our product teams.

A key element of the MVP Award structure is recognition. If you contribute to areas that span multiple technologies, you have the opportunity to potentially be recognized in multiple MVP Award Categories. We are very excited about this for our community!

MVP Award Categories

The details of the new Award Categories and Contribution Areas, focused on Developer and IT Pro products and services, are as follows:

Award Category
Microsoft Azure
Windows Development
Office Development
Visual Studio and Development Technologies
Data Platform
Contribution Areas
  • Azure App Service
  • Azure Media Service & CDN
  • IoT On Azure and Azure Messaging(Event Hub and Service Bus)
  • Azure Cloud Service
  • Azure Service Fabric
  • Application Integration
  • Azure Compute (VM, VMSS, Batch, Cloud Services)
  • Azure Storage
  • Azure Networking
  • Azure Backup & Recovery
  • Azure Security
  • Azure Container Services (Docker, Windows Server)
  • ARM & DevOps on Azure (Chef, Puppet, Salt, Ansible, Dev/Test Lab)
  • SDK support on Azure (.NET, Node.js, Java, PHP, Python, GO, Ruby)
  • Azure HPC/Batch
  • Windows App Development
  • Windows Mixed Reality
  • Windows Hardware Engineering (IoT, Mobile, and Desktop)
  • Windows Design
  • Office Add-in Development
  • O365 API Development
  • SharePoint Add-in Development
  • Office Development for iOS
  • Office Development for Android
  • Office Development with PHP
  • Office Development with Node.js
  • Office Development with Angular.js
  • .NET
  • Visual C++
  • Visual Studio ALM
  • Developer Security
  • Visual Studio Extensibility
  • Front End Web Dev
  • Node.js
  • PHP
  • Python
  • Java
  • Unity
  • Xamarin
  • Cordova
  • JavaScript/Typescript
  • Grunt/Gulp
  • Clang/LLVM
  • Accessibility
  • Analytics Platform System
  • Azure Data Lake
  • Azure DocumentDB
  • Azure HDInsight and Hadoop, Spark, &Storm on Azure
  • Azure Machine Learning
  • Azure Search
  • Azure SQL Data Warehouse
  • Azure SQL Database
  • Azure Stream Analytics
  • Cortana Intelligence Suite
  • Information Management (ADF, SSIS, &Data Sync)
  • Power BI
  • SQL Server
  • SQL Server Reporting Services & Analysis Services
  • Microsoft R Services
Award Category
Cloud and Datacenter Management
Enterprise Mobility
Windows and Devices for IT
Office Servers and Services
Business Solution
Contribution Areas
  • Azure Stack
  • Datacenter Management
  • PowerShell
  • Hyper-V
  • Storage
  • Networking
  • High Availability
  • Installation and Servicing
  • Enterprise Security
  • Group Policy
  • Windows Server for Small & Medium Business
  • Linux on Hyper-V
  • Chef/Puppet in Datacenter
  • Container Management
  • Linux in System Center/Operations Management Suite
  • System Center Configuration Manager & Microsoft Intune
  • Identity and Access
  • Information Protection
  • RDS/Azure RemoteApp
  • Windows for IT
  • Surface Deployment & Management
  • Office 365
  • Exchange
  • SharePoint
  • Skype for Business
  • Yammer
  • Dynamics AX
  • Dynamics NAV
  • Dynamics GP
  • Dynamics CRM
  • Project
Award Category
Contribution Areas
  • Access
  • Excel
  • OneNote
  • Outlook
  • PowerPoint
  • Visio
  • Word

With these enhancements to the MVP Award, MVPs and Microsoft are in an even better position to help people and companies around the world make the most of their technologies. If you know an awesome community leader (maybe it’s you?), please nominate them to become an MVP!