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New MCSD Web Applications Certification - Visual Studio 2012
Microsoft have announced the new developer certification for Visual Studio 2012. Consisting of 3 exams, the certification will test your skills in HTML5, CSS3, ASP .NET 4.5 MVC, Windows Azure and Web Services.

How to get a hard copy print of your Microsoft certificate?
A few years ago, Microsoft used to send a free hard copy of your certificate in the post. These days, you can either download a high quality PDF version and print yourself OR you can purchase a hard copy directly from Microsoft.

When will the Windows 8 exams be available?
Microsoft have announced that the first beta exam for Windows 8 is available starting in June 2012. The first Windows 8 exam is 70-687 - Configuring Windows 8. It forms the foundation for the new MCSA and MCSE certifications.

70-243 Exam Overview - System Center 2012
70-243 is part of the Private Cloud certification series. The full exam name is Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. The exam is available from April 2012.

70-247 Exam Overview - System Center 2012
70-247 is another of the Private Cloud certification series. The full exam name is Private Cloud Configuration and Deployment with System Center 2012. The exam precedes the 70-247 exam in the cloud certification pathway.

70-246 Exam Overview - System Center 2012
Exam 70-246 is part of the new Private Cloud certification series. It's full name is Private Cloud Monitoring and Operations with System Center 2012. The exam is available to take from June 2012 onwards.

98-373 Exam Overview - MTA
A new MTA exam has been released for mobile development fundamentals. MTA exams are an optional foundation for anyone wanting to take the higher MCTS Microsoft exams.

New Question Types added to Microsoft exams
Microsoft have added several new question types to their certification exams in 2011. These new types have been designed to test your knowledge in new ways and ascertain that you know the exam material in sufficient detail.

Microsoft MTA 98-375 exam - HTML 5 Application Development Fundamentals
A new Microsoft exam for HTML 5 web development is on the way. The exam focuses on core HTML 5 development skills for high school and college students.

Which exams are part of the Windows Phone Certification (MCPD)
The mobile market is an increasingly fast-paced industry with many big businesses looking to tap into the millions of mobile users worldwide. The Windows Phone Certification allows developers to certify their skills in developing apps for..

70-599 Exam Overview - MCPD
70-599 is the new MCPD exam designed to test a candidates skills in developing Windows Phone Apps. It's part of the MCPD group and is also one of the first Microsoft exams that requires recertification.

Microsoft increases price of MCP Certification Exams to $150
From July 1, 2011 Microsoft will be increasing the price of their MCP certifications and exams by 12%. For U.S candidates the new price is $150. Microsoft defended this price rise as covering the continued investment and enhanced certifications..

New Microsoft Certification Transcripts and Certificates
Microsoft have updated their Certificates and Transcripts for all MCP professionals. The new transcripts and certificates contain only a few changes, but they're fairly significant ones. This is especially true for the Inactive Date which causes..

Exam 70-652 Windows Server Virtualization Configuring - Exam Overview
The 70-652 exam is part of the MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) certification path. Its also a requirement to achieve the higher level MCITP Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtualization Administrator certification.

70-659 Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Exam Overview
The 70-659 exam is the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist for Windows Server 2008 Server Virtualization. Virtualization is a relatively new but very popular concept in the IT industry and there's a lot of buzz around the new virtualization fea

SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 Exams retiring in 2011
Microsoft have announced that mainstream product support ends for Visual Studio 2005 in April 2011 and SQL Server 2005 in July 2011. This means that both of these Microsoft exams will be retiring in June 2011.

70-460 MCITP SQL Server 2011Exam Overview
70-460 Designing, Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Administrative Solution Using Microsoft SQL Server 11 is part the MCITP SQL Server 2011 certification path. Passing this new exam earns you the MCITP SQL Server 2011 DBA certification.

70-588 MCTS SQL Server 2011 Exam Overview
Microsoft have announced that the new version of the Business Intelligence exam will be 70-588 Microsoft SQL Server 2011 Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance. This exam relates to the SSRS, SSIS and SSAS aspects of SQL Server 2011.

70-586 MCTS SQL Server 2011 Exam Overview
Microsoft have announced that the next version of the MCTS Microsoft SQL Server Implementation and Maintenance exam will be 70-586. This exam contains subjects from the new SQL Server 2011 (v11).

MCPD 70-523 Exam Now Available
The upgrade exam from MCPD .NET 3.5 Web Developer to .NET 4 Web Developer is now available in Prometric testing centers.

70-583 Exam Overview
The MCPD 70-583 exam is a professional exam for those wanting to prove their skills in designing applications that are hosted on the new Windows Azure Platform.

Are Service Packs included in Microsoft exams?
As with all Microsoft technologies, service packs are an essential way to ensure; software is up to date; it contains few bugs; and is secure. Many of you will be asking whether service packs are covered by Microsoft certification exams?

MCTS 70-506 Exam Overview
The new 70-506 Silverlight 4 development exam will be released in January 2011. It is aimed at developers who create rich internet applications using Microsoft Silverlight.

Free Visual Studio 2010 ebook (exams 70-515, 70-511)
Microsoft is offering developers a free ebook called Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. The book is from Microsoft Press and contains over 300 pages.

Technet promo code - discount off subscription
Use this Technet promotion code and get 28% discount off your Technet subscription. Technet is the best subscription resource for Microsoft software including technical resources, beta software, elearning courses and much more.

New Microsoft Gold Partner requirements
In the past, Microsoft Gold Partners obtained their certification by passing relevant exams and having a certain number of certified professionals across different specialisations.

Microsoft special offer - get discount and second shot with exam packs
Microsoft has a new special offer for anyone taking a Microsoft exam. By purchasing one of the Exam Packs you can get up to 20% off your exams and free second shot attempts.

How can I earn an MCPD?
To earn an MCPD certification you will need to pass 3 or 5 exams in the MCPD series. Depending on the type of MCPD certification you want to go for (windows, web or enterprise) you will need to pass the appropriate exams below.

Windows PowerShell Training for Administrators 50414A
This is a 4 day instructor led training course from Microsoft covering the skills administer PowerShell in a Windows environment.

Advanced SharePoint 2010 training course 50444A
The new Advanced IT Pro Course for SharePoint 2010 is a 5 day instructor led course covering the full features of SharePoint Server 2010. The Microsoft course covers planning, deploying and maintaining server farms with MOSS 2010.

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