Moving On

So, after ~ two years as the Certification Product Planner, in typical Microsoft fashion, it’s time to look at my next career move.  I have enjoyed planning the developer and SQL focused certification plans over the past couple of years but I am missing the software engineering world a bit.   As a result, I will…

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Windows Azure Beta Exam Announcement

Register for Beta Exam 71-583, Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications You are invited to take beta exam 71-583, Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form….

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Silverlight Beta Exam Announcement

Register for Beta Exam 71-506, TS: Silverlight 4, Development You are invited to take beta exam 71-506, TS: Silverlight 4, Development. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form. The 71-xxx identifier is used for…

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Developer Cert Update

I’m a slacker, I know.  However, I have been a little busy getting ready for our next fiscal year of exams.  So that’s my excuse.   Monday, July 12th is the day for the live release of our new Microsoft SharePoint 2010 exams.  All four will release at the same time, two developer exams 70-573 (TS)…

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Are Your Apps Compatible with Office 2010?

Application Compatibility for Office 2010 Analyze your environment for installed add-ins and identify potential migration issues as you migrate earlier versions of Office to Office 2010. Learn how the Compatibility Inspector tools can perform an analysis of the code and suggest potential issues with this video on Channel 9. Additional videos and a lab are…

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SharePoint 2010 Best Practices

Learn SharePoint 2010 Best Practices Explore design considerations you should have as you start creating SharePoint solutions targeting SharePoint 2010. Additional videos, labs and code available on testing, deployment and security in this new training course on Channel 9. Gerry

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Explore SQL Server 2008 R2 breakthrough capabilities on Channel 9

See how StreamInsight provides real-time monitoring and analytics on incoming event data that would otherwise not be possible. Find out how PowerPivot for Excel 2010 and SharePoint 2010 enables information workers to analyze huge amounts of data from multiple sources with lightning fast speed. Hear from the experts on the latest capabilities with SQL Server…

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Why the SQL Server 2008 Certifications Don’t Cover R2

SQL Server 2008 R2 has just released and some of you are asking if the current exams will be updated to reflect the changes from SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2008 R2.  The short answer is no, we will not update the exams to reflect the deltas between the two versions.  Our investigations revealed…

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Certification Exams, NDAs, and Responsible Behavior

Based on some recent events, I find it necessary to post this as a notification to all those who take certification exams.  This applies to certifications across different vendors, not just Microsoft. During the opening screens of the exam, before you reach the actual question portion, a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is presented.  Like most exam…

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Free Silverlight Training on Channel 9

Channel 9 is offering a free Silverlight 4 Training Kit. The training kit includes a whitepaper explaining all of the new Silverlight 4 features, several hands-on-labs that explain the features, and a 8 unit course for building business applications with Silverlight 4. The business applications course includes 8 modules with extensive hands on labs as…

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