Congratulations January 2017 MVP Award recipients!

screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-10-40-17-amWhat a great start to the new year for some amazing technical community leaders. We're pleased to welcome nearly 1000 new and renewing Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals!

Each quarter, an elite group of hardworking, technical professionals receive the MVP Award to acknowledge and support their contributions to the Microsoft community.

Be it through speaking engagements, forum participation, writing contributions, providing feedback, Microsoft Channel 9 videos - or even, launching conferences - recipients the MVP Award have demonstrated their deep commitment and strong passion for technology. What's more, they have enthusiastically shared their knowledge of Microsoft products with people around the world.

"I’m so thrilled. This was on my professional bucket list!" said Sonia Cuff, a new Office Servers and Services MVP located in Brisbane, Australia. "Since starting in tech, MVPs have been my heros – they’re our industry’s rock stars. It’s a privilege to be considered amongst them."

This is the first quarter Esther Barthel has been recognized as an MVP, as well. "I am grateful to be able to represent a community voice and... have a direct link with product managers and developers to give product feedback from the field, and share my experience as a consultant," said the Enterprise Mobility MVP based in Lemmer, Netherlands.

"It feels very special to not just look at the MVPs as role models, but to become a role model myself and share that passion and love for IT with my fellow MVP awardees."

This quarter, 19 technical experts received the MVP Award in multiple categories. MVPs help an average of one million customers everyday, and greatly reflect Microsoft's global community  - MVPs come from more than 90 countries, and speak about 40 different languages.

"I am happy to join the MVP Community and [am] more excited with the fact that this will help me connect to international audiences and technical experts. It takes continuous contribution and effort," said Ravi Mandal who is based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Ravi is just 19 years-old!  

MVPs are nominated by Microsoft team members, other community members, and sometimes themselves. They are evaluated based on technical expertise, community leadership, and their generous community contributions.

Congratulations again to all new awardees! We're so pleased to welcome you into our community.

Want to become an MVP, or know someone who'd be a good fit? Learn what it takes to become one here, and then head to our nomination page!