Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Defined
I work with a lot of CRM MVPs and MVPs from other disciplines. So I thought it might make sense to define what a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) is and what they do. MVPs are a valuable source for independent, real world feedback for both product development and marketing activities. They provide a trusted connection to millions of technology users, Last year, MVPs participated in over 500 Technical Reviews and contributed to almost every Microsoft product release.
MVPs are hand picked from the many people and partners who work with us on a daily basis. They are selected based on the time and value they provide other customers. And of course, MVPs are subject matter experts. And they are drawn from a global pool of professionals.
Straight from Microsoft, "The Microsoft MVP Award recognizes exceptional technical community leaders who foster the free and objective exchange of knowledge by actively sharing their real world expertise with users and Microsoft."
You can find MVPs in the Microsoft communities which consist of:
Use the Microsoft Blogs list to find blogs about Microsoft technologies written by Microsoft employees. Get insights and opinions about using (and creating!) Microsoft software. And go to CRM blogs by looking in my blog list to the right of this post.
Microsoft hosts over 30 chats per month worldwide, so find an upcoming live chat now to get the answers you need from MS product groups, executives, and other experts.
There are over 2,000 newsgroups dedicated to discussing Microsoft products. Locate the right one for your technical questions about the Microsoft products you use. CRM has three newsgroups.
Attend a live or on-demand webcast from the convenience of your office and experience how-to technical and business perspectives from a Microsoft or industry host.
Find one of the 50 technical community Web sites to get community-based technical support for the Microsoft products and technologies you use.
Find a user group in your area and attend a meeting to learn how to use Microsoft products and technologies more effectively, and get the most recent information from experts.
Microsoft products and technologies are discussed using an advancement of the text-only newsgroups. CRM a test forum that hasn't been rolled out yet.