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windows 7 certification is relevant March 4, 2010

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Microsoft Learning’s most recent post points to an article from IT magazine that explores the growing interest in Windows 7 training and certification.  Here’s an excerpt:

According to IDC, by the end of 2010 around seven million IT professionals globally will be working in one way or another with Microsoft Windows 7, the latest iteration of the core Microsoft desktop operating system, launched with much fanfare and slick marketing last October. Great news for Microsoft’s investors, one might say: what’s in it for the IT professional themselves?

Further on it get’s more interesting:

So does Windows 7 training work? Jay Ferron, an IT professional, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional and a member of the STEP programme (for Springboard Series Technical Expert Panel, a community that was built up by Microsoft around Windows 7 to drive awareness of its value), notes: ‘I am very happy with not just the content but the structure these days of the Microsoft certification story.

‘When the MCSE [Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer] was abolished a couple of years ago there was a lot of moaning, but the problem with the MCSE was that it was too general,’ explains Jay, who’s also a MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional) Consumer Support Technician and a MCITP Enterprise Support Technician in Windows 7 and has worked with a number of the US’ top corporations and written books on Microsoft technologies, plus is very active in the Microsoft Certified Professional community. ‘I don’t want to sit through a five-day course on something if only two hours of it is relevant to my job and that’s what was missing from Microsoft training before – it wasn’t job-role specific. I am glad to see that’s finally changed.’

Jay is happier these days, he says, to ‘take this course and that exam, or send my team on them’ to achieve specific qualifications that he feels demonstrate real competence in the actual jobs people need to be hired for. ‘That to me means the piece of paper I get at the end is valid and shows I can do something real.’

And did the content for Windows 7 do that? ‘The training for 7 is pretty much close on,’ he thinks. ‘If you do the course I think you will pass the test at the end and you can really get a sense of the power of the OS this way, too.’

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W7 certification information February 4, 2010

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The borntolearn site over at Microsoft Learning has a quick post here on the new certifications and what they entail. News of an HDI partnership is also hinted at (cool!) but no details are included.  The curious might also check out this link.  Also, I’ve had people asking me about an upgrade exam and as of yet, there’s little to no information about it. This blog (among others) as well as Microsoft’s website refer to exam 70-682 but I’ve been unable to find any information on the objectives. When I find out more, I’ll let you know!