Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) are invited to attend the MVP Global Summit at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle and at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, from March 1 through 4. Invitations are also extended to Regional Directors (RDs).

This year’s event promises to provide opportunities for MVPs to network and socialize with their technical peers, build stronger relationships with Microsoft product teams, and represent their communities by sharing real world insight and feedback. See 2009 MVP Summit for more information and to register.

MVPs are exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who are awarded for voluntarily sharing their high quality, real world expertise in offline and online technical communities. Microsoft MVPs are a highly select group of experts that represents the technical community's best and brightest, and they share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others.

MVPs represent a broad spectrum of Microsoft product users. They occupy many different professions including accountants, teachers, artists, engineers and technologists. MVPs reside in over 90 countries, represent 30 different languages, and cover more than 90 Microsoft technologies.

MVPs tend to be early adopters of new technology and actively communicate their experiences to millions of other technology users. Through their extensive community activity, MVPs help others solve problems and discover new capabilities, helping people get the maximum value from their technology.

Each year, the technical community's best and brightest are awarded as Microsoft MVPs. You can learn more about the MVP Award and individual MVPs, by visiting the following Web sites:

  • MVP Overview: Learn about the important roles that Microsoft MVPs play in technical communities.
  • MVP Award: Understand the mission of the MVP Award and the recipient selection process. You will also find a summary of the benefits of the MVP Award.
  • Relationship Services and Technical Resources: Read about the different opportunities that MVPs have to both interact with Microsoft employees, other MVPs, and their peers, and to share knowledge about Microsoft products and related technologies.
  • MVP Press: Find links to press coverage of MVPs and the MVP Award.
  • Microsoft Awardee Directory: View the profiles and areas of expertise of MVP awardees who choose to share their profiles.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Learn more details about the MVP Award and MVP awardees.

- Andrea Weiss