Getting that e-mail never gets old. For the 6th consecutive time, Microsoft awarded me as “Most Valuable Professional” in the “Office Apps & Services” category (mail in Dutch):
According to Microsoft, MVPs are “technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community”. Giving back to the community is what it's all about. For me, that's public speaking. And I do that a lot! I'm also fortunate to have an employer who actively supports my MVP activities and understands the value it brings to the table.
The MVP award is not a certification; it's something you need to earn and work for every year. There are more than 4000 MVPs throughout the world in more than 90 countries. They all add value to the community by speaking, blogging, writing books, helping people online, giving honest product feedback or contribute code to open source initiatives. Once a year, Microsoft also invites us over at its corporate headquarters in Redmond for the annual MVP Global Summit.