Microsoft has discreetly announced the discontinuation of the Insider MVP Program

October 31, 2023
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The MVP (Most Valuable Professional) award has long been a recognition of outstanding technology experts and leaders within Microsoft’s community. The Windows Insider Program MVPs are a select group of testers who are acknowledged and honored for their exceptional dedication and enthusiasm.

These MVPs have traditionally served as a vital link between regular users and the tech giant, playing a significant role in bridging this gap.

However, it appears that Microsoft has decided to retire the Insider MVP award, and this move may be attributed to recent leadership changes at the company following Panos Panay’s departure from Microsoft.

In the wake of Panos Panay’s exit, Microsoft established a new Windows and Web Experiences Team, led by the current head of Bing. This team is reportedly working on a Windows 12 variant with similarities to ChromeOS.

A Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed that the Insider MVP Program will be retired on December 31, 2023.

Although this may mark the end of a particular program, Microsoft emphasizes its continued commitment to nurturing strong community relationships. All existing MVPs will be nominated to participate in the primary Microsoft MVP Program, ensuring they can still benefit from the opportunities to connect with others in the Microsoft MVP community.

Microsoft justifies this decision as part of an effort to “consolidate MVP-style programs across Microsoft.” The spokesperson shared the company’s perspective, saying, “In an effort to consolidate MVP-style programs across Microsoft, we have decided to retire the Windows Insider MVP Program effective December 31, 2023.

All our existing Windows Insider MVPs will be nominated to participate in the Microsoft MVP Program, which has similar benefits and opportunities to continue networking with us and interacting with many other Microsoft MVPs globally.”

It is important to note that the decision to retire the Windows Insider MVP Program is not solely motivated by a desire to consolidate programs. Instead, it is closely tied to internal reorganization and the establishment of new teams within Microsoft.

This restructuring reflects a strategic shift within the company, which has likely influenced the decision to phase out the Insider MVP Program.

Over the years, Windows Insider MVPs have played a pivotal role in providing feedback on upcoming features and advocating for Microsoft’s flagship operating system.

Microsoft reassures its community that the end of the Windows Insider MVP program does not signify the end of the Windows community, as the primary MVP program will continue to thrive.

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Mike Johnson is a writer for The Redmond Cloud - the most comprehensive source of news and information about Microsoft Azure and the Microsoft Cloud. He enjoys writing about Azure Security, IOT and the Blockchain.

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