It’s a new era for developers. The consumerization of IT has changed the technology landscape in a big way, and customers have higher expectations than ever before. They want fast, light, stunning applications that deliver high value and are accessible on any device. For developers, this can mean an opportunity to turn bright ideas into applications.

As Microsoft celebrated the release of Visual Studio 2012 at today’s virtual launch event, Microsoft also has cause to celebrate our new Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) certifications, designed for the future of the applications marketplace. The new MCSD is available in two tracks, each designed for developers:

The MCSD provides an objective, meaningful way to identify advanced technical competence and significant real-world solution-building expertise. But that’s not all—in the process of achieving your MCSD, you’ll build the skills you’ll need to succeed in this new era. Preparing for your MCSD is a great way to learn how to take advantage of the new and exciting possibilities for developers in Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8.

Over the course of the next few months, Microsoft Learning will be releasing a variety of books, courses, and other learning products that enable developers to build the skills needed to architect and build Windows Store apps, and to create modern web applications. You can start getting ready for the new era today by downloading this free Microsoft Press e-book: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (Second Preview). You can also attend worldwide Tech Showcase events, which focus on Microsoft’s most recent technology releases and provide you with a first-hand look at what’s new. As another boost on your road to MCSD, Microsoft is offering a free second shot at certification exams or exam packs.

Stay relevant. Build the skills you need to create tomorrow’s apps by preparing for and earning an MCSD certification!