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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 Developer Technologies Data Platform AI
Contribution Areas
  • Azure Core Compute (VMSS, Confidential Computing, Platform Deployment)
  • Azure App Service
  • Azure Service Fabric
  • Azure Functions
  • Azure Kubernetes, Container Instances, Docker
  • Azure Logic Apps
  • Azure API Management
  • Distributed App Runtime (Dapr)
    Open App Model (OAM)
    Open Service Mesh (OSM)
  • Service bus, Event hubs, Event grid, Relay
  • ARM Templates (Infra as Code)
  • Azure Migrate
  • Azure Policy & Governance
  • Azure Lighthouse
  • Azure Arc enabled infrastructure
  • Azure Cost Management
  • Azure Monitor
  • Azure Edge + Platform (Azure Stack Hub, Stack Edge, Media Services)
  • Azure Backup & Recovery
  • Azure Storage
  • Azure IoT
  • Azure Networking
  • Azure SDK (Software Development Kit) and CLIs ( Az CLI, PowerShell, Terraform, Ansible)
  • Azure Blockchain
  • Threat Protection
  • Cloud Infrastructure Protection
  • Windows App Development
  • Windows Mixed Reality
  • Windows Hardware Engineering (IoT, Mobile, and Desktop)
  • Windows Design
  • W/X/P Development
  • Microsoft Graph
  • SharePoint Development
  • Microsoft Teams Development
  • Outlook Development
  • ASP.NET/IIS
  • .NET
  • C++
  • Azure DevOps
  • Developer Security
  • Visual Studio Extensibility
  • Front End Web Dev
  • Node.js
  • PHP
  • Python
  • Java
  • Unity
  • Xamarin
  • JavaScript/Typescript
  • Accessibility
  • Quantum
  • Azure Data Lake
  • Azure Cosmos DB
  • Azure HDInsight and Hadoop & Spark on Azure
  • Azure Search
  • Data Warehousing (Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Fast Track & APS)
  • Azure Stream Analytics
  • Cortana Intelligence Suite
  • Information Management (ADF, SSIS, &Data Sync)
  • PowerBI
  • SQL Server Reporting Services & Analysis Services
  • SQL Server Machine Learning Services (R, Python)
  • Azure Database for MySQL
  • Azure Database for PostgreSQL
  • SQL Server (on Windows, Linux, Containers)
  • Azure SQL (Database, Pools, Serverless, Hyperscale, Managed Instance, Virtual Machines)
  • Azure SQL Edge
  • Big Data Clusters
  • Azure Databricks
  • Azure Arc Enabled Data Services
  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Azure Data Catalog
  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Azure Bot Service
  • Azure Cognitive Search
  • Azure Machine Learning

Award Category Cloud & Datacenter Management Enterprise Mobility Windows & Devices for IT Office Apps & Services Business Applications
Contribution Areas
  • Datacenter Management
  • PowerShell
  • Hyper-V
  • Storage
  • Networking
  • High Availability
  • 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
  • Endpoint Manager
  • Identity and Access
  • Information Protection
  • Remote Desktop Services
  • Windows for IT
  • Surface for IT
  • Office 365
  • Exchange
  • SharePoint
  • Skype for Business
  • Yammer
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Access
  • Excel
  • OneNote
  • Outlook
  • PowerPoint
  • Visio
  • Word
  • OneDrive
  • Project
  • Microsoft Stream
  • Dynamics 365
  • Power Apps
  • Power Automate
  • Power Virtual Agents

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.