Microsoft MVP Overview: How to Become Microsoft MVP

Microsoft MVP Overview: How to Become a Microsoft MVP

Do you want to become a Microsoft MVP?

Microsoft launched the MVP program many years ago and has since then recognized thousands of professionals and users.

In this article, I’ll share what I know about Microsoft MVP and becoming one myself through my journey (especially with the help of this blog).

Let’s get started.

Why become a Microsoft MVP?

The meaning of “MVP” for Microsoft is “most valuable professionals”, who are technology experts who share what they know with the community.

Meaning, all the professionals they recognized in the program all have “visibility” in their areas of expertise and how they help others.

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional

The MVP award is the company’s way of saying thanks to its community leaders who not only spread the good word, but help progress the technology as well.

It’s worth becoming a Microsoft MVP for the following reasons:

  • Recognition, which translates to more opportunities
  • Early access to Microsoft products
  • Direct communication channels with product teams
  • Invitation to the Global MVP Summit
  • Visual Studio technical subscription and Office 365 subscription

The recognition alone has the potential to bring you to the front lines, especially in your region. It’s like saying “Microsoft acknowledges your expertise”.

For example, you will have your own profile with recent activities that look like this:

MVP Profile with biography and recent activities

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    What does it take to be a Microsoft MVP?

    To become a Microsoft MVP, you must actively support technical communities by sharing what you know.

    Microsoft clearly defined what the program seeks from professionals:

    • Demonstrate community leadership and influence
    • Be a technical expert
    • Be a great advocate for the community
    • Contribute to the success of our products

    If you’ve done these things, then you have a chance of potentially earning the MVP Award.

    How to become a Microsoft MVP

    Specifically, Microsoft didn’t reveal the exact selection process or formula for being accepted to the Microsoft MVP program.

    However, they have already outlined what they seek from professionals. Specifically, you have a higher chance if you’re doing any of these things:

    • Creating content in any form (which is the case of yours truly)
    • Helping others through community contribution to forums
    • Contributing code to projects
    • Speaking engagement

    Then, an existing MVP or someone who works at Microsoft can then nominate you (on this page) for the program.

    Note: The nomination can be momentarily suspended as the team behind the program receives high volumes of candidates to evaluate.

    Do you have any questions on how to become a Microsoft MVP? If so, kindly comment with your question below.

    For inquiries and other concerns, please send a message using the site’s contact form and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

    About Ryan Clark

    As the Principal Solutions Architect at Mr. SharePoint, I help companies of all sizes better leverage Modern Workplace and Digital Process Automation investments. I am also a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) for Office Apps & Services.

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