Microsoft Announces Most Valuable Professional Award RecipientsAnd Sets Date for 2005 MVP Global Summit

Posted by bink on January 19 2005, 8:03 PM. Posted in MVP.

New Microsoft MVP Program Year Kicks Into High Gear by Celebrating IndividualsSpanning Diverse Technologies and Communities Worldwide

Today Microsoft Corp. is pleased to announce the 2005 class of Microsoft® Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs). This select group of outstanding members from online and offline communities represents the richest, most technically and globally diverse community in the program's history, with more than 2,600 MVPs.

"As we enter the 11th year of the Microsoft MVP Program, we are proud to continue to recognize the most credible experts in the technical communities," said Sean O'Driscoll, global director of the MVP Program and Technical Communities at Microsoft. "MVPs are truly an inspiration to all of us and share an incredible passion for technology and for helping others."

The rich diversity that the Microsoft MVP Program enjoys today is a reflection of a multiyear program commitment based on global community feedback to identify new, thriving technical communities and connect with the most active and inspiring people across a broader range of Microsoft products and technologies. For example, since October Microsoft has awarded 173 first-time MVPs, eight of whom represent countries that are new to the program, including Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Tokelau and Tunisia. Given this continued global expansion, the Microsoft MVP Program now represents individuals from 81 countries and 32 languages.

Furthermore, in the past four months the Microsoft MVP Program has introduced a number of new MVPs who represent Microsoft business groups never before part of the program, including MSN®, Microsoft Business Solutions and Microsoft Visual Studio® Tools for the Microsoft Office System. The program also added nine new solution developers for Visual Studio .NET technologies. Altogether more than 75 Microsoft products and technologies are represented across the program today.

"This is such an incredible group of individuals, and they continue to represent the most select, highest-quality group of participants across the global communities," O'Driscoll said. "I'm proud to be a part of their experience and to recognize them for their accomplishments and the inspiration they provide to me and to others in the community." Continue At Source