Dmitry Streblechenko, Diane Poremsky, Robert Sparnaaij, Eric Legault, Ben Schorr at the MVP Summit 2015
What is an MVP? In the world of Microsoft it means that you are a “Most Valuable Professional”. It’s an award that is given out each year by Microsoft to “exceptional, independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise, and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others.”
The key word here is ‘independent’ – these are not Microsoft employees. They are consultants, business owners and employees of technology firms that have become experts.
There are MVPs for every product that Microsoft offers, and as you can imagine, some products are more popular than others. Here I’ve delved into a category that is important for us, and highlighted the people who dedicate countless hours helping people fix their problems.
The Microsoft Outlook MVPs are a small “family” of professionals that, together, represent years of experience. Just the people in this article have over 80 years of experience as Outlook MVPs combined! If you are interested in Outlook or need a little advice on how to use it properly, these are the people you should be looking to.
We asked some of them to share some of their insights into how the community functions, here are their stories:
As you can see, the Outlook MVP community couldn’t be more established. These individuals represent what’s great about the MVP program. They’ve established an expertise that is unparalleled, and actively find or develop solutions that help in our daily lives. They are also active and responsive to questions that we mere mortals have when it comes to Outlook and many other Office programs. So, if you need advice or a great tip, ask them, but don’t forget to say thank you! They’ve earned it!
In depth interviews from these MVPs will be released over the coming weeks. Have any questions? Let us know in the comments below! For more about Microsoft, follow our “Microsoft Mania” list on Twitter.
Header image provided by Eric Legault.