Microsoft began awarding the MVP status to recognize the most outstanding contributions in these online, peer-to-peer communities. These MVP's are people who provide technical assistance to other users of Microsoft technology, usually on the thousands of message boards, user groups and Web sites devoted to Microsoft products. They range in age from 18 to 80, and reside in more than 55 countries around the globe, from Brazil to China.
"Microsoft MVPs are much more than active online community members," says Jim Allchin, group vice president of Microsoft's Platforms Division. "This group is very important to us. Their enthusiasm, expertise and commitment to the community make them super valuable, and we appreciate all the help they give us." "There's no script, or plan, or formula," says Anthony Russell, MVP program manager. "It's a very organic, grass-roots driven process. The people, nominated by their peers within Microsoft and online, represent as wide a range in backgrounds and interests as our customers. No two of them are alike, but they all share demonstrated expertise in one or more Microsoft technologies and are among the most accessible folks within a particular technical community."
"Diversity and passion are the key ingredients to the Microsoft MVP program," Russell continues, "our goal is to recognize amazing users, listen to their feedback, support their efforts and deliver an amazing software experience. Whether you're a developer, IT professional or home user, the MVP Program is all about the ultimate customer connection and making great software."
The volunteer spirit is strong in the MVP, and it is this spirit that nurtures strong online communities. Their high level of real life, hands-on experience and strong trouble-shooting skills combine with a high level of collaboration to create a unique community and brain-pool that is second-to-none.
Congratulations to other new and returning MVPs in the developer community!