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  • Blog Post: Get 40% Discount in the Microsoft Press Store through July 12

    If there’s anything we’ve noticed at this year’s TechEd NA in Houston, it was that you love a good deal – especially when it comes to product training resources. Well, have we got a deal for you! Available now, you can save 40% on all TechEd NA 2014 top selling book titles, as...
  • Blog Post: Now Available On Demand: Exam Prep Sessions from TechEd NA 2014

    (Please visit the site to view this video) Whether you attended TechEd North America 2014 or not, all the Exam Prep sessions are available for you to watch anytime, thanks to our friends at Channel 9. Catch them all here . For ease of reference, here's the list of Exam Prep sessions in the...
  • Blog Post: Join Me for "Future of Certification" Focus Group at TechEd NA 2014

    I'm at TechEd North America this week, and will be holding a special focus group for attendees on Thursday. In exchange for your time and feedback, I will provide you with a Microsoft exam voucher to be used at a Prometric testing center (good through December 31, 2014). Below are the details...
  • Blog Post: Join TechEd NA 2014 from wherever you are starting May 12!

    If you are unable to join us for Microsoft TechEd North America in Houston this year, you still have a chance to tune in for the keynote and select technical sessions. Register today and join us for the LIVE stream May 12–15, 2014. At this year’s TechEd we’re going to take the wraps...
  • Blog Post: Certification Central opens today at TechEd NA 2014

    Certification Central , where you'll find discounted MCP exams and free study resources at TechEd North America 2014, is located across the sky bridge at the Hilton. It is open at noon on Sunday, May 11, 2014. Sunday: 12-6pm Monday: 10:30am - 6pm Tuesday: 9:30am - 6pm Wednesday: 9...
  • Blog Post: Behind the scenes at TechEd North America 2014

    The Microsoft Learning team landed in Houston on May 9, 2014. Melissa Bathum got into George R. Brown Convention Center on May 10 and gave us a sneak peek of all the work going on: sound checks, forklifts beeping, hammering, etc. Watch her video here, and scroll down to see how many people you recognize...
  • Blog Post: Testing! Attention Please!*

    Testing! Attention Please!* If you’re headed to TechEd NA 2014 next week, be sure and take the time to schedule an MCP exam – don’t forget, they’re 50% all week – that’s the best discount available anywhere in the world. I just checked the pre-registration numbers...
  • Blog Post: Have You Seen These Wanted Persons?

    We're rounding up MCPs and need your help spotting these wanted persons. They're wanted by @MSLearning and @TechEd_NA for being notorious in their field and solving heinous IT issues, and considered dangerously certifiable. Sources tell us they may surface in the Houston, Texas area over the...
  • Blog Post: Special Offer for TechEd NA 2014 Attendees from Safari Books Online

    As an attendee of the upcoming TechEd North America 2014, you can register for 30-days of complimentary access to Safari Books Online. Register for 30-days and start learning now . Safari Books Online is a subscription-based learning resource filled with the best technology books, videos, developer...
  • Blog Post: Join the trainer community for MCT Day 2014 in Houston

    Time has gone by very fast in the last couple of weeks, actually months! Well, here we are, practically the eve of geek prom … I meant to say Microsoft TechEd North America 2014, the Houston Edition! When TENA comes around, we all get in our best possible gear, party mindset, we train for the...
  • Blog Post: One month to TechEd NA 2014 - What to do now

    Okay, technically, TechEd North America 2014 is less than four weeks away. Some of our favorite TechEd alumni from Europe are already procuring goodies and packing for the trip (Hi Patrik and Bjarne!). I just watched Rick and Joey's latest Countdown Show episode (the one about the newbies, see below...
  • Blog Post: Meet Your MCT Ambassadors at TechEd NA 2014

    We are excited to introduce your MCT Ambassadors at TechEd North America 2014! For those who have visited our booth or taken exams at various conferences, you've most likely met with MCT Ambassadors. They are a group of Microsoft Certified Trainers who work with our team to help you identify certification...
  • Blog Post: Live Twitter Chat with Mark Russinovich on March 27 #TechEdChat

    It's safe to say that Windows Azure Technical Fellow, Mark Russinovich, needs no introduction among our MCP community. Many of you heard from him during our Certified Career Day last year, when he did an exclusive interview with Wes Miller on the key capabilities organizations needs when migrating...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to TechEd NA 2014: Discounts, Parties, and More!

    Can you believe TechEd North America 2014 is only two months away? Will we see you in Houston in May ? We could not be more excited. Melissa calls it her summer camp. That's how much we love all the activities and the community during TechEd NA week every year. Microsoft Learning is again bringing...
  • Blog Post: What will you get out of TechEd North America 2014? Early bird rate ends on December 31!

    Microsoft Learning is bringing Certification Central to TechEd North America again in 2014. Melissa Bathum and I cannot wait to see you in Houston in May! As usual, attendees will have access to a long list of free resources in our onsite study hall, multiple exam prep sessions delivered by Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: TechEd North America 2013 - Clint

    Last night I met Clint just outside the testing center here at TechEd North America. This was a great chat because although he's been in the industry for over 20 years, yesterday he took his first certification exams. Ever. More than that, he's working on going from zero to his MCSE: Messaging...
  • Blog Post: TechEd North America 2013 - Heather

    I chatted with Heather about her job working for NASCAR. Heather took her Office certifications to the next level three years ago when she decided to become an MCT. Now not only does she have the Office skills to help the NASCAR organization, but as a Microsoft Certified Trainer she helps others get...
  • Blog Post: TechEd North America 2013 - Lou

    I spoke with Lou on the expo floor at TechEd today. He told me that when he was ready to leave management to go back to being a technical individual contributor, he used his SQL Certification to help prove he still had his technical skills. We love hearing from customers whose certifications help them...
  • Blog Post: MCT MTA Throwdown at TechEd NA 2013

    Three experienced MCTs are now taking all twelve (12) MTA exams right here at TechEd North America 2013. Telmo Sampaio, David Elfassy, and Ken Rosen (left to right) have challenged each other right here at Certification Central, on the third floor of the convention center. Objective: Each MCT must...
  • Blog Post: TechEd NA 2013: MCP Party, Certification Resources and Free Beta Exams!

    The Microsoft Learning team is getting ready to head to New Orleans for TechEd North America 2013, and we could not be more excited to see you again. I even got a haircut for the occasion. But have we started packing? Of course not! We did, however, send Melissa to crash Rick's and Joey's TechEd...
  • Blog Post: How to Get Certified @ TechEd at 50% Off!

    Hey! Veronica here. I've just scheduled my pre-TechEd hair appointment, which already makes me more prepared this year than last. But let's talk about YOU. Do you need another reason to register for and attend TechEd in New Orleans or Madrid this year? For thousands of current and prospective...
  • Blog Post: The 60-Day Private Cloud Certification Challenge‚Ķ

    Greetings True Believers and new visitors, For those of you new to my blogging, a short introduction is probably in order. My name is Michael Bender. I am an MCT based out of Madison, WI. I teach Microsoft Server classes and Virtualization classes at Madison College full time as well as...
  • Blog Post: Career Factor: Final thoughts and contest update

    The Career Factor cast spent last week recovering from their trip to Tech•Ed North America, but they're beginning to publish their final impressions of the show, the conference, and what they've learned. Read on for updates from Simon, Steve, and Eddie. In addition, don't forget that...
  • Blog Post: Career Factor rocks Tech·Ed and the DIY contest starts today!

    The Career Factor crew has spent the week at Tech·Ed, and they've recorded their thoughts and impressions (and video) throughout the conference. Check out the news feed , featuring updates including: Rooting for the home team at an Atlanta Braves game Staying out far too late (but...
  • Blog Post: On your mark, get set...

    Now that you've gotten to know the Career Factor crew (if you're at Tech·Ed North America this week, hopefully you've met them in person), we're excited to give you a chance to become part of the story! Enter the DIY Career Factor contest ! Beginning May 19 at 2pm PDT ( check...