Microsoft MVPs Reflect on Program Changes, Channel Priorities
Recall that when late rock idol Prince changed his name to the unpronounceable symbol, the exasperated press didn't try to pronounce it, had no keys on the keyboard to represent it, and just called him "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince." Prince had his reasons - to annoy Warner Brothers into releasing him from a usurious contract.
Microsoft too had its reasons when in October 2015 it revamped its MVP award program to better reflect its cloud-first/mobile-first direction; also to make MVP help more regionally accessible. So it migrated away from 36 areas of technical expertise to 10 new and broader categories encompassing 90 contribution areas.