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MVP Source Licensing Program

Program Details

The MVP Source Licensing Program (MVPSLP) licenses Microsoft Windows source code to qualified Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs). The MVPSLP Program provides MVPs the opportunity to differentiate themselves professionally as Windows platform experts through access to Windows source code. MVPs in good standing are eligible for this program regardless of awarded competency. The MVPSLP provides source code for most major releases and service packs of Windows (client and server).


Benefits of Windows source code access through the MVPSLP include:

  • Providing insight and deeper understanding of Windows products.
  • Promoting the Microsoft MVP community as industry experts on the Windows platform, leading to greater individual professional opportunity.
  • Enhancing the Windows debugging process.

Use and Restrictions

  • Licensees may use the source code as a reference or view within a debugger, but may not modify the code or use it to create derivative works.
  • Eligibility reviewed annually.
  • MVPs may access source code for the sole purpose of providing support services.
  • Source code may not be used to assist with the development of a commercially distributed product.
  • License term is one year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Maintain status as a Microsoft MVP in good standing.
  • Reside in an eligible geographic market.
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Sign the Non-Disclosure Agreement and standard licensing agreements covering allowed usage of Windows source code.

How to Enroll

MVPs with interest in the Source Licensing Program can register to participate for this exclusive offer via the MVP Award site. Following registration and completion of licensing agreements, the licensee will gain access to the code through the Code Center Premium secure web site.

MVPSLP Licensee Commitment

In exchange for obtaining access to one of Microsoft's most valuable intellectual property assets, licensees in the MVPSLP are required to treat that Microsoft intellectual property confidentially.


Additional information about the Microsoft MVP Award is available on the Microsoft MVP Award web site.

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