If you weren't already confused by the Microsoft Certification tree that means that you weren't paying attention... 😉 But the new level of certification adds something that's been missing, and I'm glad to see it happen.
The new Certified Master levels are product-oriented certifications that are precursors to Microsoft Certified Architect. Foex, if you're interested in becoming a SQL Ranger, you have to become a Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2008 first.
To make it less confusing, there are upcoming Live Meetings:
Read more details from Per on Trika's blog: More on the Certified Master programs from me, Per, the program owner...