Meet the new MVP Reconnect

Today it was announced an important milestone in the history of the Microsoft MVP Program: MVP Reconnect.

MVP Reconnect is an initiative to bring back to near the ex-MVPs programme – those that have not been renewed or turned to Microsoft employees and therefore lost the right to the prize.

MVP Reconnect

Over the years, Microsoft has received feedback from former MVPs who were looking for ways to stay in touch with the program and with their peers. This is because, once an MVP left the program, he no longer had an "official" vehicle to keep in touch with the Microsoft. Your only option would be to go back to being named as MVP. This feedback made clear the need to accommodate the MVPs that left the program after years and years of dedication to the Microsoft technical community. Hence the MVP Reconnect.

MVP Reconnect is an extension of Microsoft's commitment with the MVP program and is, at the same time, another way to recognize the experience and involvement of people who contribute to technical communities. The primary objective of the program is to allow former MVPs keep in touch with Microsoft, through a direct channel and with the proper support, even if it's not active members of the MVP Program.

Another way to understand where the MVP program Reconnect through an analogy:

The idea behind the program may be best described with an analogy to other industry; The Oscars are one of the most recognized and prestigious awards in the film industry. As soon as someone wins his first Oscar, he become part of a very special community-the Oscar winners-and they belong to this community forever, even if they don't win a prize each year. The same applies to MVPs: MVP, always part of the community MVP!

The official website of the Reconnect Program has more information about the program. Those MVPs who are not active in the MVP Program will be invited to participate in the Reconnect. The invitations will be sent, so if you're a former MVP and would like to join the MVP Reconnect, sign up now!


Once always MVP MVP. This initiative of if reconnect of former MVPs is, in my opinion, a tremendous ball inside "from Microsoft. It's about time!

And you, what did you think of the new program? Be sure to comment!


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Author: Igor Abade

Igor Abade V. Leite ([email protected]) is a Visual Studio ALM MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional) since 2006. Speaker at various Software Development community events (TechEd Brasil, The Developers’ Conference, DevOps Summit Brasil, Agile Brazil, Visual Studio Summit, QCON among others), has also written articles in magazines and websites such as MSDN Brazil. Since March/2011 is one of the owners of Lambda3, a Brazilian consulting company specialized in ALM, software development and training. Visit his blog about VS ALM at and follow him on Twitter @igorabade.

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