Microsoft recently announced the quarterly recipients of the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award, which recognizes exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who foster the free and objective exchange of knowledge by actively sharing their real world expertise with users and Microsoft. This quarter, nearly 1,140 top-tier technology influencers were recognized for their contributions to the social and technical community.
"At Microsoft, we believe that the global technical community is deeply enriched when technology's best and brightest share their expertise with others," said Toby Richards, general manager of Community and Online Support for Microsoft. "Microsoft is honored to engage with MVPs and greatly appreciates their objective feedback.
The technical community and consumers will benefit from the integral role MVPs play, as we prepare to launch several significant products in the coming months.
Of this quarter's awardees, 292 are first-time recipients, while 848 are repeat awardees. MVPs are truly technology's elite - there are around 4,200 Microsoft MVPs worldwide out of millions of global technical community members.
MVPs represent more than 90 countries, and speak nearly 40 different languages. MVP expertise is extensive, covering around 90 technologies that range from Windows and Silverlight to Excel and SharePoint Server. Microsoft MVPs are some of the most active members of the technical community and participate in newsgroups and online forums, host user groups, author books and articles, speak at conferences, etc.
Additionally, MVPs help to improve Microsoft products and services, regularly interacting with product groups and providing feedback from their respective communities and their own in-depth knowledge of certain products. MVPs often receive early access to product information from Microsoft and are invited to an annual summit in Redmond, Wash., during which Microsoft product groups typically present several hundred technical sessions. Microsoft uses feedback it receives from MVPs at Summit and throughout the year to better understand its customers, make product revisions and develop new technologies.
Prospective MVPs are nominated by technical community members, current MVPs, and Microsoft personnel. A panel that includes MVP team members and product group teams evaluates each nominee's technical expertise and voluntary community contributions in the past year and considers the quality, quantity, and level of impact of the MVP nominee's contributions. Active MVPs receive the same level of scrutiny as other candidates each year.