On January 1, 2011, 229 leaders in technical communities from around the world received for the first time recognition as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Awardees and 834 MVPs were re-awarded. The MVP Award recognizes inspiring, trusted, and independent experts who voluntarily share their passion and knowledge of Microsoft products with others.

Announcements are made quarterly and each year more than 4,000 MVPs are honored. MVPs represent nearly 100 countries, speak over 40 different languages, and are awarded in almost 90 Microsoft technologies. Together, they answer more than 10 million questions each year.

This quarter, the MVP Award is extended to two new areas of technical expertise: eight MVPs have been awarded for their expertise in Office 365 and four in SQL Azure. MVP Business Group Lead Rowena Branch is excited to welcome these new MVPs, explaining,

“Office 365 is a key component in Microsoft’s online services strategy.  Having demonstrated their commitment to contributing their expertise in Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, and Office 365, these new Office 365 MVPs will have the opportunity to partner with current MVPs who have expertise in Microsoft’s on-premise offerings.  SQL Azure and Windows Azure are essential parts of Microsoft’s Azure Platform and Cloud Development. The newly awarded SQL Azure MVPs will have opportunities to collaborate around cloud-based application development.”

 

 Because of their strong ties to the community, MVPs amplify the voice of the customer to Microsoft, representing thousands of people from technology communities throughout the world. Of the more than 100 million social and technical community members worldwide, only a tiny fraction is recognized as MVPs. As part of their award experience, MVPs are invited to share their feedback through direct interactions with Microsoft product group teams.

 

To become an MVP, candidates are nominated by Microsoft, other community individuals, or in some cases themselves. Candidates are rigorously evaluated for their technical expertise, community leadership, and voluntary community contributions for the previous year. Please visit our nomination page to nominate yourself or someone you know to be considered for an MVP Award.

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to the new MVPs, and welcome back to re-awarded MVPs. Here’s to a great award year!