Microsoft today announced the Windows Insider MVP Program, ending the company's restructuring of its MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) over the last few months. The announcement marks the latest Insider expansion from Microsoft, following the hugely successful start of the Windows Insider Program.
Last October, Microsoft revealed that it would change the MVP Program to put the focus on developers and IT professionals, with categories supported by products teams. The company says it has spent the interim time figuring out where to put its MVPs.
The company says integrating the MVPs into the Windows Insider Program, where the company believes the Windows platform is being shaped like it never has been before. With the Windows Insider MVP Program, it will be possible to work more closely with MVPs, Microsoft says, allowing direct interaction and full access to Windows products and services.
Redmond's Windows Insider Program has been a huge success. “Insiders are able to see features in their infancy (less than perfect sometimes) and provide feedback to Microsoft about those features and services. Much more than a gimmick, Microsoft has been wise enough to see the Insider idea for what it should be and as actually listened to feedback. The result has been a solid community that has grown from the programs.”
The Windows Insider Program has been an invaluable tool for Microsoft during the lead-up to the official release of the Windows 10 Anniversary. The company announced the major upgrade will be arriving to end users on August 2, but over the last few months Insiders have been testing the Anniversary Update features and giving Microsoft key feedback to fix any issues.