Skip links

Search Results for: mvp

Microsoft MVP 2023

Microsoft MVP – Proudly since 2009

Microsoft MVP – Proudly since 2009 Thank you very much Microsoft for awarding me Most Valuable Professional this year again. I am proud to be awarded as Microsoft MVP, since 2009 (2016-17-18 & 19 I was a Microsoft employee and as a result not MVP) Special thanks to the Microsoft MVP Team, as well as Azure and […]

Microsoft MVP Award 2022

Microsoft MVP Award 2022 – Great Achievement

Microsoft MVP Award 2022 It’s the day for me to be proud again. I am proud to be recognized as a Most Valuable Professional this year again by Microsoft , an award given to less than 3000 individuals globally for the contribution they/ we do to the community. In other words, Microsoft awarded me for the […]

MVP Reconnect Medal Erdal Ozkaya

MVP Reconnect Medal 2017 , I am thankful to receive it

MVP Reconnect Medal

I was always proud to be part of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional – MVP – community but as soon as you sign a Full Time Employee Contract with Microsoft, you will need to return your award back, and this is what I did beginning of this year. As of January 2016 I was not a Microsoft Regional Director and Most Valuable Professional anymore , as it was my First day in this wonderful company.

Today , I had a call from the reception , Sharon ( Our receptionist) mentioned a packed delivery , I went down, signed and get the packet, opened it , and I saw the Thank you medal from the MVP Community with a note stating “Once MVP always MVP” . You can read more details about MVP Reconnect below

Just a small note, I will be always part of it as wonderful community as  Microsoft employee…

The MVP Reconnect story

Right after we announced the next generation of the Microsoft MVP Award about a year ago, the MVP Award Team made a commitment to keep up the constant evolution of the program. In this new “mobile-first, cloud-first” world, it is imperative to be more agile and to make sure we are providing the best experience to our customers and partners.

So, we asked ourselves: “What’s next?” We started to gather feedback from MVPs and other community leaders and received comments such as:

“Several former MVPs grew in their careers and today, they are CTOs and decision makers. I have a lot of respect for these peers and I listen when they talk. Their experience is king and I would love to see them get involved with the community again!”

“I am missing the MVP networking and the people…. That energy is unique.”

In fact, we have heard from many MVPs over the years who were looking for a way to stay in touch with the program and their peers after their award periods ended.

So, we created a working group – made up of Microsoft employees and current and former MVPs. Just like any other community, we brainstormed, discussed, drafted ideas together, and prioritized features. After a few months, MVP Reconnect was born! This is a new venture designed to keep you connected with Microsoft and with the professional communities you follow.

The idea behind the program can be best described with an analogy from another industry: The Oscars are one of the most well recognized and prestigious awards in the film industry. From the moment someone wins their first Oscar, they become part of a very special community – that of Academy Award Winners – and they belong to this community forever, even if they don’t win an award every year.

There is a very similar concept in our MVP community that we are helping to formalize: once an MVP, always part of the MVP community!

We understand the kind of commitment, time, and passion required to be an MVP. We also understand that life and priorities change and that, sometimes, you need to take a break to focus on other responsibilities, professional or personal. We believe that even though some community leaders are not always re-awarded, they still deserve recognition for being a valuable part of the Microsoft ecosystem!

We are very happy to announce MVP Reconnect! The program is available for all former MVPs to join.

Who can join?

The program is open to all former MVPs, regardless of technical expertise or award category, with a minimum of 1 full MVP Award year. Members must be in good standing, meaning that they must have no Code of Conduct or NDA violations.

We believe that having a diverse population will increase the impact of networking and create unique opportunities that were not possible in the past!

Put simply, if you are a former MVP, we’d love for you to join!

Why should I join?

MVP Reconnect will be the official channel for you to stay connected to other community leaders and Microsoft. You will have the opportunity to participate in an exclusive networking channel, events, and private discussions, as well as local and global offerings.

If your contributions to the technical community slow down temporarily, staying connected means that you maintain a good position for future recognition as an active MVP. If you have a long history with the MVP program, you’ll be able to share your experiences and coach others to take full advantage of all the opportunities that the MVP Award can provide.

This is not a program from Microsoft to the community; this is a program where Microsoft and the community contribute together to have a bigger impact! For this reason, we have decided to have a joint management approach and we are establishing an advisory board. Five to ten members will be part of this board and they will have the responsibility to represent the community and lead the constant evolution of the MVP Reconnect program.

They will partner with Microsoft to define new features of the program, consolidate feedback, and evaluate cool new ideas for members. We will have periodic elections to select new board members. As part of a true community, you, through your advisory board representation, will be able to participate in driving new ideas, shaping the community structure, and building this program for the future.

After you are approved in the program, we will send you a small thank you gift to show our appreciation.

More details :


Continue reading MVP Reconnect Medal 2017 , I am thankful to receive it


Microsoft MVP : Windows and Devices for IT 2015

I have been awarded by Microsoft “Most Valuable Professional” again this time in “Windows and Devices for IT” . Thank you everyone for the support , i will always work harder , promise 😉

Award Update – Oct 2015

A lot has changed since Microsoft first recognized 34 exceptional community leaders with the MVP Award in 1993. When they came to meet with the product teams a year or so later, they all fit in a boat—with Bill Gates.

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional

Awarded as MVP ( 7th time )

Awarded as MVP (7th time)

To whom it may concern,

It is with great pride we announce that Erdal Ozkaya has been awarded as a Microsoft® Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 4/1/2014 – 4/1/2015. The Microsoft MVP Award is an annual award that recognizes exceptional technology community leaders worldwide who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with users and Microsoft. All of us at Microsoft recognize and appreciate Erdal’s extraordinary contributions and want to take this opportunity to share our appreciation with you…

As a recipient of this year’s Microsoft MVP award, Erdal joins an exceptional group of individuals from around the world who have demonstrated a willingness to reach out, share their technical expertise with others and help individuals maximize their use of technology.
Richard Kaplan

Continue reading Awarded as MVP ( 7th time )

MVP Rockstar Erdal Ozkaya

MVP RockStar

MVP RockStar Who are MVP’s ? Microsoft Most Valuable Professional’s, or MVPs, are technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. They are always on the “bleeding edge” and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also […]


MVP Summit 2010 – Erdal interviews Brad McCabe –

MVP Summit 2010 – Erdal interviews Brad McCabe


Who is Brad McCabe ?

Brad McCabe is a Product Manager with Microsoft. He has worked in many different areas, from Engineering to Marketing, in his six years at Microsoft. Currently he is the Product Manager for Windows Deployment and Application Compatibility.

Continue reading MVP Summit 2010 – Erdal interviews Brad McCabe –