Become a Microsoft Teams MVP

Duane OdumAre you an active member of the Microsoft Teams community who interested in being recognized for your contributions and commitment? Microsoft wants you to become a part of the MVP program.

Microsoft describes MVPs as “technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community…and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have a very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products, and solutions to solve real world problems.”

In order to be considered, Microsoft looks at your “speaking engagements, social posts, books, community participation, user group participation, and product feedback.”

Some perks of joining the program:

  • Guest blogging opportunities
  • Demonstrates job/learning commitment to employers and clients
  • Credential that sets your apart from your peers
  • Networking opportunities
  • Share ideas and feedback with other professionals

Here are some of my thoughts on Microsoft creating an MVP program specifically for Teams:

  • Having a category just for Teams means Microsoft is really trying to push adoption.
  • There are great use cases for Teams, but Microsoft is still working out kinks regarding external sharing, which is a big “blocker” for a lot of folks. It was supposed to be available in June 2017, but we haven’t seen it or heard of a new ETA.
  • If Teams is supposed to compete with Slack, the external sharing bug needs to get worked out ASAP. It almost seems like Microsoft is using the Teams MVP program to keep adoption rolling while they work out the kinks.

To learn more about the Microsoft MVP program and to nominate yourself or others, visit https://mvp.microsoft.com/.

 

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