Differences Between the MVP and MCC Awards

Differences Between the MVP and MCC Awards

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Microsoft Community Contributor (MCC)

The MCC award is a badge offered by Microsoft, which is designed to recognize notable contributions to Microsoft online community forums such as TechNet, MSDN, O365 and Microsoft Community." There are more active MCCs in these tools than MVPs. It is more difficult to become an MVP, and the selection process is more rigorous. The MCC selection process is now automatic, based on your accomplishments. For more about the selection process and how to become an MCC or MVP, see How to Become an MVP or MCC.

MCC is a badge, with status in your TechNet/MSDN/Community profile and it's 3 months long program.

MVP is an award program. The award is for one year at a time.

You may have an MCC badge and be eligible for MVP (and MVPs can earn MCC badges.)

Most Valuable Professional (MVP)

The MVP award takes forum contributions into consideration, but it looks beyond these tools at overall industry leadership. The program considers quality, quantity, and level of impact. It involves sharing knowledge (Forums, Wiki, blogs, Gallery), speaking at conferences, and leading others. They evaluate based on whether you're educating the community, providing support to the community, and providing feedback to the product teams (but they look for people who lead others in these goals). They evaluate on the previous 12 months of contributions. For more about the selection process and how to become an MCC or MVP, see How to Become an MVP or MCC.

Because the MVP award evaluates a wide array of leadership, the process is rigorous and it might take more work to become an MVP. Because an MVP is awarded on the previous 12 months of contributions, you must be active and consistent for over a year. When you see an MVP, you know the person has made great contributions within the last 12 months of the award date.

MVPs are nominated by specific Microsoft employees and by MVPs. However, MVPs can also be nominated by anyone via an option on the Web site.

MVP awardees receive "a small set of services and other benefits." The benefits include (among other benefits) the award status in your TechNet/MSDN profile, a listing among the official Microsoft MVPs, and an MVP profile page.

The MVP award is divided by specific technology, and the award is based on a full year of contributions.

You can have an MCC badge and be an MVP. (This is a change to the program. Previously, MVPs couldn't become MCCs.)


  • Neither holds expectations for future contributions.
  • They are awarded based on evaluations of previous contributions.
  • Both receive the award status in your forum profile.


Community Resources

Microsoft Community Contributor (MCC)

Most Valuable Professional (MVP)


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  • MVPs and MCCs are nominated in a similar process by specific Microsoft employees and by MVPs. - this is not entirely correct as I believe anyone can nominate for MVP and even someone can try to nominate himself.

  • Thanks Naomi! I updated it!

  • I was MCC awarded on June the 28th; I should be currently under examination for MVP: hope it could be!

  • Luigi, I wish you the best! It's a tough road. Check out this article if you haven't yet: social.technet.microsoft.com/.../how-to-become-an-mvp-or-mcc.aspx

  • You're right, Ed. I've read that article many times and I often come back reading.

  • Thanks Luigi! You inspired me to take another pass on the MVP tips. Check it out if you haven't yet. I pulled some more insight from my interview with MVP, Steef-Jan Wiggers:


  • Thank you, Ed!

    Checked and read.

  • Ed, I think this should be updated, because I have not received any free MSDN subscription for MCC, or at least that I am aware of.

  • Okay, I made a pass to update the article, based on the newly changed MCC program. Thanks!

  • Carsten Siemens edited Revision 21. Comment: fixed typo

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