What do you think of: architect Live Meetings for microsoft certified professionals

We’re kicking around the idea of asking Microsoft Certified Architects (about 70 people are MCAs, to date) to host MCP-only talks on whatever is on their mind… or whatever you want to hear about. The idea would be to have one meeting per month from these well known, high-level architects host Live Meetings for IT pro and…

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TechNet Plus Direct with certifcation exam ‘insurance’ – through January 31

Additional info on the exam insurance promotion we announced at TechEd. See earlier post. The marketing team here at Microsoft Learning and the TechNet team put together a deal whereby people who buy exam insurance and take their first exam by January 31, 2007 will also get a one year subscription to TechNet Plus Direct. Which apparently…

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update on exam 70-540: Windows Mobile 5.0 – App Dev

An update on 540 (TS: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 – Application Development) for those of you who are interested. The 71-540 beta (betas are always a 71- prefix) started in September 2006. The product planners (meet Howard) needed to extend the beta with a second wave through November, and as a result the exam live date…

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Go on, have a scratch: the Highs and Lows of IT Forum

Back in Seattle now. What a good event, TechEd. Here’s my quick review:  Absolute tops: My co-workers. My co-workers from Microsoft Learning, Pearson VUE (one of our exam partners), and the very funny MCTs from all over (Slovenia, Italy, Romania, Netherlands, UK, Greece, Switzerland etc. etc.) who worked with us at the MSL booth Best cake in show….

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One MSFT certification transcript… IS THIS TOO MUCH TO ASK?

Hi, Stefano. Thanks for your good suggestion about a unified certification transcript. This, in fact, should not be too much to ask. We (a cross-group team at Microsoft) are actually working on it now. I know I’ve seen the idea of Microsoft Office certifications (known as MOS), Dynamics (MBS), and MCP exams and certifications showing up on one transcript — to make…

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Lower stress for cert exam takers: check out "Exam Insurance"

So today this new exam program launched “exam insurance” through which you pay a little more for your MSFT certification exam, then if you fail it you can take it again for free and if you pass it you get 25% off your next exam. I would tell you how much it costs… but it…

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Developer certifications for Office 2007

For Office, there will be three MCTS level certifications for developers, each requiring 1 exam. MCTS is Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, which is the technology-series certification in the new format of certification. There is also a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) series that focused on job roles… but we won’t have any MCPD for office. I…

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"Best cake in show!"

Per my earlier post, the Microsoft Learning booth at Ask the Experts at IT Forum has, inexplicably, hundreds of tiny cookies–cakes, depending on where you’re from–with perfectly rendered little MCP logos on them. Slavko, our on-hand Slovenian MCT (I could not make this up!) has been aggressively hawking the little treasures with cries of “Best cake in…

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If you can’t get to the MCP site because you lost your access code or it expired…

We just published a “request access code” button for first-time visitors to the MCP site who have lost their access code or it expired. The access code (you get it in an e-mail after passing a MSFT cert exam for the first time) is only good for a few weeks so I know a lot of people just don’t…

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