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


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 are driven by their passion, community spirit and their 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.

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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. Among other benefits, MVPs get early access to Microsoft products, direct communication channels with our product teams and are invited 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.

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How to 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!

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