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  • Microsoft Learning and Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE) are partnering to bring you another exciting Jump Start! This accelerated certification prep Jump Start will help IT Pros with Windows Server 2008 expertise to upgrade their skills to Windows Server 2012 in preparation for exam 70-417.

    This course will be led by Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and Ed Liberman from TrainSignal, two seasoned Windows Server experts with real world experience. Rick and Ed will be leveraging the popular “Jump Start” virtual classroom approach to engaging, expert-led, and demo-rich team-teaching.

    ** REGISTER NOW **

    Date: October 23-24, 2012 (2 days)
    Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm PST (both days)
    Where: Live, online virtual classroom
    Cost: FREE!
    Target audience: IT professionals who are experienced Windows Server 2008 Server Administrators.

    Help us spread the word! Announce this on your blog and/or post these tweets!

    • Update cert to #WinServ 2012! @RicksterCDN & @TrainSignal_Ed leading FREE #MSJumpStart for 70-417! http://aka.ms/Jump417#MSLearning
    • FREE #WinServ 2012 #MSJumpStart on 70-417! Catch @RicksterCDN & @TrainSignal_Ed on 10/23-24! http://aka.ms/Jump417 #MSLearning

    What’s a “Jump Start” Course?
    Training specifically designed for experienced technologists whose jobs demand they know how to best leverage new, emerging Microsoft technologies. These advanced courses assume a certain level of expertise and domain knowledge, so they move quickly and cover topics in a fashion that enables teams to effectively map new skills to real-world situations.

    For more information about the upgrade exam and the Windows Server 2012 certification path, see this blog post.

  • Microsoft Learning and Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE) are teaming up again to provide an exciting new learning experience. This Jump Start is tailored for Application Developers looking to take the fast track to building apps for the new Windows 8 platform! If you've been asking questions like “how different is Windows 8 -- really?” or “why are developer communities reacting differently to this version of Windows?”, then this new Microsoft Jump Start is for you.

    We’re excited to introduce you to Jeremy Foster and Michael Palermo, two seasoned Microsoft Technical Evangelists with real world experience developing applications using a wide array of platforms and languages. Jeremy and Michael will be leveraging the popular “Jump Start” virtual classroom approach to engaging, expert-led, and demo-rich team-teaching.

    ** REGISTER NOW **

    What: Accelerated certification prep Jump Start for 70-480 & 70-481
    Date: October 10 - 11, 2012 (2 days)
    Time:  9:00am – 4:00pm PST (both days)
    Where: Live, online virtual classroom
    Cost: FREE!
    Target audience: On Day 1, we’re targeting developers looking for a fast-paced way to get up to speed on HTML5, CSS3, Javascript and changes in the new versions of these languages. On Day 2, our focus will be on enabling Application Developers to take these language skills and develop rich applications for a touch-enabled interface/platform, including apps that access local and remote data and services.

    Help us spread the word! Announce this on your blog or post this tweet!
    Learn why building apps for #Windows8 deserves your attention! FREE #MSJumpStart for Developers! http://aka.ms/Win8Dev-JS #MSLearning

    What’s a “Jump Start” Course?
    Training specifically designed for experienced technologists whose jobs demand they know how to best leverage new, emerging Microsoft technologies. These advanced courses assume a certain level of expertise and domain knowledge, so they move quickly and cover topics in a fashion that enables teams to effectively map new skills to real-world situations.

  • Update: Recorded sessions are now available on TechNet - http://aka.ms/Win8JS4ITpro  Enjoy!

    Microsoft Learning is excited to partner with Microsoft Senior Product Marketing and Community Manager, Stephen Rose and Senior Technical Evangelist Joey Snow on a new one-day Microsoft Jump Start! This special live, online course will be comprised of six fast-paced, demo-rich sessions and is tailored for IT Pros who are ready to move beyond the industry hype of Windows 8 and clearly understand how this new platform will enable you to improve your organization. After this course, we think you'll see why analysts and customers are reacting differently to this version of Windows.

    What: Windows 8 for IT Pros Jump Start
    Date: October 18, 2012

    Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm PST
    Cost: FREE!
    Target audience: IT Pros who want a fast-paced, real-world understanding of Windows 8

    ** REGISTER NOW **

    Help us spread the word to the IT communitiy with a blog post or a tweet like this one:
    Catch @joeysnow & @stephenlrose deliver #Windows 8 for IT Pros #MSJumpStart 10/18! Register: http://aka.ms/Win8-ITProJS #MSLearning

    What’s a “Jump Start” Course?
    Training specifically designed for experienced technologists whose jobs demand they know how to best leverage new, emerging Microsoft technologies. These advanced courses assume a certain level of expertise and domain knowledge, so they move quickly and cover topics in a fashion that enables teams to effectively map new skills to real-world situations.
     

  • Hey MCTs! New MCT Summit 2012 site is finally up!

    Poland is calling all MCTs to attend in September 2012.

     

    More information about the "call for content" will be forthcoming, so get your thinking caps on...

    Well done for the MCT team pulling this together!

    http://www.mctsummit.eu/

  •  TechEd North America Logo

    The most valuable take-home from TechEd North America won’t be any of the booth swag or that photo of you at the CNN Center.  A new Microsoft Certification credential earned at TechEd will impress your boss and won’t even take up any room in your luggage.

    Starting on May 15, Microsoft Learning is offering a comprehensive certification experience at TechEd North America. TechEd is all about technology and professional development, and certification is the perfect way to combine the two and show that you’re at the top of your game. We’re going to provide assistance every step of the way on your journey to get certified or update your certifications:

    • Identify the right exams for you – Microsoft Certified Trainer Ambassadors and Microsoft Learning employees will be onsite all week to work with you on finding the exam path that suits your goals and your skills. Look for us in the booth and in the Study Hall.
    • Purchase your exams – We’re offering discounts of up to 25% on Exam Packs for individuals and for Microsoft Partners. Check your communications from TechEd and you’ll find instructions on how to get your voucher code to take advantage of this offer. This is your last chance to purchase exams at a discount off today’s prices. If you take the first exam in your pack onsite at TechEd North America, you’ll be charged today’s North American price of $125 USD per exam for all exams in your pack and the applicable discount will be taken from that amount. Then, you’ll have until December 31, 2011 to complete the rest of your exams. So take your first test or all of the exams in your pack while you’re in Atlanta and avoid the price change coming on July 1 (August 1 in India).
    • Prepare for your exams – Our MCT Ambassadors will be presenting 19 Cram 4 Exam sessions based on the official exam prep guides to help you identify any areas that you still need to study or let you know that you’re ready to take your exam. Check out the “C4E” series on “My TechEd” and add these sessions to your schedule.
    • One on one help in our Study Hall – The Study Hall is back and packed with resources! From MCT Ambassadors who are ready to help to Practice Tests provided by MeasureUp and Transcender, you’ve got plenty of help.
    • Once you’re certified – Stop by our Certified Community Lounge to connect with other certified professionals and be sure to check out our list of Cert Chats. These short chalk-talk style sessions are designed to get the community talking and let you get all of your questions answered.
    • Meet people who are walking the walk – Career Factor participants will be onsite all week! Here’s your chance to meet the stars of this reality show in person. From the newly-minted Microsoft Certified Master to the IT Pro who wants to advance his career, you’re sure to identify with one of these amazing people.  And when you do meet them, be sure to ask for their card – collect cards to redeem for prizes at the Microsoft Learning booth.

    From start to finish, all of your certification needs can be met at TechEd North America next week!

  • Microsoft Learning is thrilled to announce a new Jump Start for developers focused on building apps for Windows Phone 8. This special live online course is scheduled for two full days of fast-paced, demo-rich sessions led by Microsoft Technical Evangelist, Andy Wigley, and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Strategist, Rob Tiffany. Andy and Rob are two of the most respected experts in mobile app development and are excited to help C#/XAML developers get the most out of the Windows 8 platform.

    What: Building Apps for Windows Phone 8 Jump Start
    Date: November 28-29, 2012

    Time: 7:00am – 5:00pm PST
    Cost: FREE!
    Target audience: Application Developers who want a fast-paced, real-world understanding of how to leverage C# and XAML to build apps for Windows Phone 8

    ** REGISTER NOW **

    Help us spread the word with a blog post or a tweet like this one:
    Building Apps for #WindowsPhone 8 #MSJumpStart w/ @andy_wigley & @robtiffany 11/28! #wpdev http://aka.ms/WP8-Apps-JS @MSLearning

    What’s a “Jump Start” Course?
    Training specifically designed for experienced technologists whose jobs demand they know how to best leverage new, emerging Microsoft technologies. These advanced courses assume a certain level of expertise and domain knowledge, so they move quickly and cover topics in a fashion that enables teams to effectively map new skills to real-world situations.

  • Microsoft Learning Partners around the world are hosting technology launch events covering new product features for newly released technologies - starting with Windows Server 2012. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning virtualization, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more.  You’ll also get the scoop on the latest Microsoft training and certification offering to help you and your team get skilled and ready for the latest advantages Windows Server 2012 has to offer.

    Sign-up for an event near you at: www.microsoft.com/learning/events

    For a limited time, you can also earn points to receive prizes, including a travel package to attend any Microsoft TechEd on the planet! Click here to get a head start on the competition: http://www.windows-server-launch.com/promo/MSL2012

  • The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) team is excited to open registration for two new courses in a three-Jump Start series focused on virtualization. These one-day live online events are designed for IT Pros experienced in virtualization but interested in learning how to better leverage the Windows Server 2012 platform, Hyper-V and System Center 2012 SP1. All three courses will leverage a team-teaching approach to deliver an engaging, demo-rich, live learning experience. 

    REGISTER NOW for each of these great (FREE) sessions!

    • Introduction to Hyper-V Jump Start -- HD-recording from Jan. 24, 2013 on MVA
      • Instructor Team: Symon Perriman and Jeff Woolsey
      • This is the first of a three course series and is designed for IT Pros experienced in virtualization (i.e., VMware) but in need of learning how to leverage Hyper-V to perform essential tasks in the Windows Server 2012 platform.

    • Microsoft Tools for VMware Integration/Migration Jump Start-- March 14, 2013, 8am-12pm PST
      • Instructor Team: Symon Perriman (VMware VCP), Eric Winner, Michael Stafford, Justin Incarnato and Anupama Vedapuri
      • This is the third of a three course series and is tailored for VMware professionals looking for ways to better leverage the Windows Server 2012 platform and System Center 2012 SP1 to integrate with VMware more effectively.

    These courses are online and do not provide hands on labs. If you're interested in attending a more formal and in-person learning experience with hands-on, consider taking official Windows Server 2012 training delivered by a certified Microsoft Learning partner.

    Interested in exploring the best ways to manage and secure PCs, tablets (Surface, iPad, etc.) and mobile devices (Windows Phone, Android, iPhone) in the cloud? Check out the Windows Intune Jump Start on January 31, 2013!

  • While this announcement is for any small business focused on Office 365, it's especially targeting members of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) interested in obtaining the Small Business Competency.
     
    Because Microsoft's two Office 365 exams (70-323 & 70-324) are primarily designed for enterprise organizations adopting Office 365, we have replaced them as requirements on the Small Business Competency Learning Path with a new exam designed specifically for IT Professionals who are migrating and implementing Office 365 for small businesses. This new exam, 74-324, will be released September 6, 2012 and this FREE event is provided to help you prepare.
     
    This 1.5 day (10 hours) live online course is being designed, developed and delivered by two Microsoft partners who focus exclusively on small business and have enabled their customers to experience success with Office 365. Here are the details:

    • Date/Time: Aug. 29 (9am - 4pm PST) & Aug. 30 (9am - 12pm PST)
    • Cost: FREE!
    • Location: Live online (wherever you are)
    • Target Audience: IT Pros focused on small business
    • Instructor Team: Chris Oakman from Eastridge Technology & Stephen Hall from District Computers
    • REGISTER NOW

    Prerequisites: This is an accelerated course. Attendees are expected to have some hands-on experience with Office 365, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft Office, firewalls, SSL certificates and public-facing websites. Exposure to Microsoft Active Directory will also prove beneficial. If you do not have access to Office 365, please create an Office 365 trial account on which to practice now.

    For students who may not have acquired these skills, we suggest reviewing (1) this free eBook from Microsoft Press: Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime, and (2) Microsoft eLearning Collection 10954: 70-323: Administering Office 365.

    Want to help us spread the word? Here's a suggested tweet!
    New for SMB prepares for exam 74-324 REGISTER:  

    What’s a “Jump Start” Course?
    Training specifically designed for experienced technologists whose jobs demand they know how to best leverage new, emerging Microsoft technologies. These advanced courses assume a certain level of expertise and domain knowledge, so they move quickly and cover topics in a fashion that enables teams to effectively map new skills to real-world situations. 

  • We've hosted 8 free Cram 4 Exam sessions in the past few months in preparation for TechEd North America to share the TechEd and Microsoft Certified Career Conference experience with all of you. One of the Microsoft Certified Trainers who absolutely rocks TechEd (see picture below) as an MCT Ambassador is Telmo Sampaio. An IT trainer for more than 15 years, Telmo specializes in...well, everything. He's earned just about every certification Microsoft offers, which is why he's the go-to man for brand new Silverlight exam 70-506.

    On Monday, May 9th, join Telmo as he shares his insight on exam 70-506 - Technology Specialist: Silverlight 4, Development. Silverlight technology is gaining marketshare and this is your opportunity to prove your expertise and value to your organization and your customers. This exam is intended for software developers who are creating rich Internet-based applications using Silverlight. The exam focuses mainly on Silverlight 4, but also covers core Silverlight concepts. Don't worry, Telmo's here to help!

    Register today!

    Monday, May 9, 2011
    Start Time: 8am Pacific Time (What time is this in my region?)

     

  • We're in the countdown to TechEd North America on May 16, and to celebrate going into the homestretch, we're hosting a free Cram 4 Exam for Developers. On Monday May 2,  join Microsoft Certified Trainer Susan Ibach for a Cram 4 Exam on 70-536 - TS: Microsoft .NET Framework - Application Development Foundation. That's right, Susan is taking on this wide-ranging exam and she'll talk you through all of it!

    Susan's been in the software industry since 1993 and is a long-time MCT Ambassador for TechEd. She was also on the winning IT Grand Prix team last year with Christopher Harrison, but the best thing about Susan is that as of April 7th, she joined Microsoft Canada as a Developer Evangelist!

     

    This means that if you're a Canadian developer, Susan is your new best friend and what better way to get to know her than to attend this free Cram 4 Exam session?

    Register Now! Monday, May 2, 2011Start Time: 8am Pacific Time (What time is this in my region?)

  • On April 3, MVA will launch the first in a monthly series of free, live online Q&A sessions led by members of our Microsoft technical evangelist team. Due to the popularity of the three courses we recently published to MVA covering Microsoft’s approach to virtualization, we decided to ask Senior Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman to host the first. Space is limited. Register now.

    These live, audience-led discussions are geared toward IT pros who are new to virtualization, have questions about Hyper-V, or are interested in learning how to better leverage the Windows Server 2012 platform, Hyper-V and System Center 2012 SP1. Attendees can get answers to their questions on technical capabilities, get advice for using products in a live environment; and learn from their peers and industry veterans like Symon.

    Symon is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft and holds several patents and certifications, including MCSE Private Cloud, Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and VMware Certified Professional (VCP). He is a recognized industry expert in datacenter management, cloud, virtualization, high-availability, disaster recovery, mobile technologies and social media. Symon has contributed to four technical books for virtualization, server, clustering and SQL; co-hosts the ‘Edge Show’ for IT Professionals; and has had technologies featured in PC Magazine.

    We hope you enjoy this opportunity! Registration for MVA Live Q&A is now open: Register now.

  • The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) team is hosting a live online discussion designed to enable experienced IT Pros to ask technical questions regarding Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. This exclusive session will feature two of Microsoft’s most popular personalities from "The Edge Show"—Senior Technical Evangelists, Joey Snow and Rick Claus—engaging in dialog, debate and demos shaped by a global audience of esteemed IT Pros.

    January 15, 2013
    8:30 - 10:00am PST
    REGISTER NOW

    The idea for this new type of event was sparked by the live chat-based Q&A happening behind-the-scenes during the popular Jump Start series of live online training events. We hope you register now for this event and spend 90 minutes getting answers to some of your best questions!

  • Are you on the path to certification? Get it done at MMS! With Microsoft Certification you can keep your skills relevant, applicable, and competitive, and with the Certification Center onsite at MMS, you’ll can

    • Attend free Exam Prep sessions
    • Try out on-demand training and practice tests at the onsite Study Hall
    • Take your exam at 50% off, right there at the Testing Center!

    Take advantage of this great opportunity and get your head in the cloud at MMS 2013! Visit Us at room "South Pacific D" today to get your exam scheduled!

    On Twitter? Follow us at @MSLearning. Tag us when you check in for an exam or prep session or send us a picture of you from our booth and we'll RT it! Don't forget: the official event hashtag is #MMS2013.

    Microsoft Certification Training booth at MMS 2013  Microsoft certification and training study hall at MMS 2013

    Onsite Training at Certification Central

    WALK-IN TESTING REGISTRATION
    In order to secure your desired testing timeslot, pre-registering for your exams is always preferred – but that doesn’t mean you can’t register for your exams onsite! Visit us at Certification Central to find out which exams and certification paths are right for you, and register to take an exam. Need to reschedule your exam, we can help with that too.

    THE STUDY HALL
    Not sure you’re ready for that exam yet? Come over to The Study Hall, a dedicated, quiet environment where you will have the ability to study on your own, take a FREE Practice Test, or try out FREE e-Learning on one of over 50 computer workstations.

    MICROSOFT CERTIFICATION & YOU – formerly “Cert 101”
    Join us for a brand new kind of introductory certification session at MMS. Updated from the original Certification 101 session, we’ll help you navigate through the new certifications, the new question types introduced in 2012 and 2013, the migration paths for individuals already certified, and the benefits of certification in your career. Want to get certified? This is the place to start.

    EXAM PREP
    Get ready for your next certification test with these interactive study groups led by MCT Ambassadors onsite at MMS. Your leaders will guide you through the following exams to ensure you’re prepared. Check the session guide for exact dates and times — if you’re planning to take an exam, make sure you fit these into your week!

    • Exam prep: 70-246 - Private Cloud Monitoring and Operations with System Center 2012
    • Exam prep: 70-247 - Private Cloud Configuration and Deployment with System Center 2012
    • Exam prep: 70-410/411/412 - MCSA: Windows Server 2012
    • Exam prep: 70-413/414 - MCSE: Windows Server 2012
    • Exam prep: 70-415/416 - MCSE: Windows Server 2012
    • Exam prep: 70-689 - Upgrading your skills to MCSA Windows 8
    • Repeat Exam prep: 70-410/411/412 - MCSA: Windows Server 2012
    • Repeat - Exam prep: 70-246 - Private Cloud Monitoring and Operations with System Center 2012
    • Repeat - Exam prep: 70-247 - Private Cloud Configuration and Deployment with System Center 2012
    • Exam prep: 70-243 - Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
    • Exam prep: 70-331 / 70-332 - SharePoint 2013
    • Exam prep: 70-336 / 70-337 - Lync Server 2013
    • Exam prep: 70-341 / 70-342 - Exchange Server 2013
    • Repeat Exam prep: 70-243 - Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager


    Online Resources

    Are you on the path to certification? Sign up for 90 Days to MCSA and gain access to free certification tools for Windows Server 2012: Exam Prep videos, exam study groups, discounts on certification packs, and more! Achieve certification and create a sustainable career in IT. Learn more!

    Microsoft Certification Overview

    Microsoft Certification Benefits

    Born to Learn Community Blog

     

  • Get Certified at PASS Summit 2012!

    Microsoft Learning is on-site at PASS Summit 2012 to provide easy access to Microsoft Certification exams. Attendees can enjoy a 50% discount on all MCP exams. You won’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to fulfill your certification requirements right here at PASS Summit 2012. Not only will you be able to take ANY certification exam onsite, including a few Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) exams, but at the new Certification Testing Center, you’ll have the chance to learn, practice, and even talk one-on-one with the training experts.

     

    Microsoft Certification
    Microsoft Learning builds innovative learning products that enable you to make the most of your investment in Microsoft technology. We offer a diverse range of products—including classroom training, e-learning, certification, Microsoft Press books, skills assessments, and more—to serve the needs of customers and partners worldwide. Through cutting-edge technology and world-class training, we provide the tools to help you fulfill your potential.

     

    WWW.MICROSOFT.COM/LEARNING

    Microsoft Certification Overview

    Microsoft Certification Benefits

     

    Certification Testing Center Hours and Study Hall / Information Desk Hours: (Room 214)

    Date

    Certification Testing Center

    Study Hall / Information Desk (Room 213)

    Sunday, Nov 4

    12:00pm - 6:00pm

    n/a

    Monday, Nov 5

    8:00am - 6:00pm

    10:30am - 5:00pm

    Tuesday, Nov 6

    8:00am - 6:00pm

    10:30am - 5:00pm

    Wednesday, Nov 7

    10:30am - 8:00pm

    10:30am - 5:00pm

    Thursday, Nov 8

    10:30am - 7:00pm

    10:30am - 5:00pm

    Friday, Nov 9

    8:00am - 12:00pm

    10:30am - 12:00pm

     


    Exam Discounts

     

    50% DISCOUNT EXAMS

    All MCP exams will be available for scheduling both pre-show and onsite at PASS Summit 2012 in the Certification Testing Center. Attendees will enjoy a 50% discount off all MCP exams

     

    Register for your exam today at: http://www.sqlpass.org/summit/2012/Sessions/MoreLearning/OnsiteCertification.aspx


    Onsite Training

    CERT 101
    Join us onsite at PASS Summit 2012, for a series of courses designed to help you in your current stage of training – from the basics of certification, to advanced courses in select technologies – this is the place to start.

    EXAM CRAMS
    Get ready for your next certification test with these interactive study groups led by MCT Ambassadors onsite at PASS Summit 2012. Your leaders will guide you through the following exams to ensure you’re prepared.

    Wednesday      

    10:30-11:30am - Certification 101: How to build your career with Microsoft Certification – Feature the new SQL Server 2012 certifications.

    1:30-2:45pm - Exam Cram on Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 

    3:00-4:15pm - Exam Cram on Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 

     

    Thursday          

    10:30-11:30am - Certification 101: How to build your career with Microsoft Certification – Feature the new Windows Server 2012 Certifications.

    1:30-2:45pm - Exam Cram on Exam 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse Microsoft SQL Server 2012 

    3:00-4:15pm - Exam Cram on Exam 70-464: Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Exam 70-465: Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2012

     

    Friday             

    8:00-9:00am - Certification 101: How to build your career with Microsoft Certification – Feature the new SQL Server 2012 certifications.  (repeat)

    9:45-11:00am - Exam Cram on Exam 70-467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

     

    THE STUDY HALL

    Not sure you’re ready for that exam yet? Come over to The Study Hall, a brand new feature to PASS Summit attendees this year, where you will have the ability to study in a quiet atmosphere or utilize additional training materials in over 25 computer workstations.

    MICROSOFT CERTIFICATION
    We know you will have questions about the certification process, and we’re here to answer them! Located in the Microsoft Product Pavilion, you’ll find product specialists and MCT Ambassadors, ready to help you find the certification path that’s right for you.

     

  • Last October, Microsoft Technical Evangelists Jeremy Foster and Michael Palermo delivered two of the most popular Jump Starts ever produced. These accelerated courses were aimed at experienced developers interested in taking the first two exams in the MCSD: Windows Store Apps using HTML5 track (70-480 & 70-481). Both recordings are posted to MVA where they have created quite a buzz! Now Jeremy and Michael are back!

    This fast-paced Jump Start dives deeper into advanced programming skills and techniques required to optimize Windows Store apps, so your apps stand out from others in the Windows Store. We’ll combine both design and development skills, and you’ll learn about supporting apps you’ve published to the Windows Store. This course is designed for experienced developers who are mostly prepared for Exam 70-482, but interested in an accelerated course on the topics.

    Advanced Windows Store App Development Using JavaScript Jump Start

    Date: February 28, 2013
    Time:  9:00am – 5:00pm PST
    Where: Live, online virtual classroom
    Cost: FREE!

    Help us spread the word! Announce this on your blog or post this tweet!
    Free #MSJumpstart course on building #Windows8 apps using #JavaScript w/ @codefoster & @palermo4 http://aka.ms/W8App482-JS #MSmva

    What’s a “Jump Start” Course?
    Training specifically designed for experienced technologists whose jobs demand they know how to best leverage new, emerging Microsoft technologies. These advanced courses assume a certain level of expertise and domain knowledge, so they move quickly and cover topics in a fashion that enables teams to effectively map new skills to real-world situations.

     

  • If you're going to Tech·Ed 2011, or if you're going to be anywhere near Atlanta on Saturday, May 14, then you simply cannot miss MCT Day Zero.  MCT Day Zero is the MCT community's opportunity to learn about upcoming courseware, improve their training skills, and get all manner of information relevant to trainers who specialize in Microsoft technologies.

    Some of the sessions on the schedule include:

    ·           Primer in contract law from attorney David M. Lawler

    ·           Courseware quality update and roadmap from MSL's own Matthew Roche

    ·           How to author and use third-party courseware from Rolly Perreaux

    ·           "Building the Better Trainer" soft-skills panel discussion with highly respected and regarded MCTs.

    Agenda and Registration at: www.mctdayzero.com.

    Join the discussion in the Born to Learn MCT Forum.

    Deluxe registration includes an event T-shirt for USD$20-24 (depending on your T-shirt size).  To guarantee your T-shirt will be available in time for the event, you must register by APRIL 26.

    Basic registration is only USD$10 (you can even attend for FREE if your budget is tight).

    And, remember, MCT Day Zero is a community-driven event.  It's being organized entirely by MCTs.  More volunteers are needed to help work the event, and if you want to help share some of the costs, personal sponsorships are available.  If your company would like to reach MCTs with their message and show their support at the same time, a corporate sponsorship is a very affordable way to do that.  If you or your company wants to help sponsor the event, or if you just want to volunteer to help, e-mail sponsorship@mctdayzero.com.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Our work culture has changed. More and more people are bringing their own device to work -- PCs and Macs, Surface and iPads, Windows Phones, iPhones and Androids. How can IT organizations manage processes ensuring key policies are enforced in these complex situations while giving people the freedom to get things done their way?

    Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) and the Enterprise Client team are partnering to deliver a brand new MVA Jump Start to help Microsoft partners and customers safely embrace this movement.

    Windows Intune for IT Professionals Jump Start

    This online learning experience will feature Microsoft Technical Evangelist David Tesar and IT Security and Infrastructure Architect Richard Harrison and will help IT organizations learn how enabling people to leverage their own devices while maintaining security, streamlining management, and cutting costs can be done in the cloud with Windows Intune.

    • Perform key security and management tasks remotely from a web-based console
    • Secure PCs from malware and virus threats with endpoint protection
    • Deploy most updates and line of business applications through the cloud
    • Optimally configure Windows Intune, utilize best practices, and avoid common mistakes
    • Understand how to have a unified on-premise SCCM 2012 SP1 infrastructure with Windows Intune to manage mobile devices.

    REGISTER NOW for this great (FREE) online learning experience. Additionally, if you're leveraging System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 (SCCM), we'll show you how the new integration with Windows Intune provides a unified management console.

  • We've been having lots of fun with our Cram 4 Exam series leading up to TechEd North America in May. Thousands of people have viewed our sessions, but if you were unable to attend one of the Cram 4 Exam events or if you'd like to review one again, you can find all of them here:

    Also, coming up on Monday, join Microsoft Certified Trainer, Christopher Harrison when he will share his secrets to cracking the code to the Technology Specialist exam 70-573: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development. For those of you who have been reading Born to Learn for a while, you'll remember that Christopher was on the winning team for the IT Grand Prix from last year's TechEd North America where he and teammate Susan Ibach won $10,000 from Microsoft Learning for their chosen charity, International Development Enterprises.

    Attend this session if you're a SharePoint developer or if you just want to hear Christopher speak. Because we hear he's kind of a big deal.

    Register Now! Monday, April 25, 2011 5am Pacific Time (What time is this in my region?)


  • SharePoint is one of the hottest technologies around. Prepare for certification on this popular product by attending Microsoft Learning's free Cram 4 Exam on Monday, April 18. This session will be led by expert Microsoft Certified Trainer, Shannon Bray. Shannon is a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer and Microsoft Certified Trainer with nearly fourteen years experience in the field of Information Technologies. Beyond teaching, he also serves as a consultant and as President of the Colorado State SharePoint User Group. Shannon has been selected as an MCT Ambassador/Technical Learning Guide at Tech Ed North America for the past five years.

    With his combination of training expertise, consulting experience and hands-on time with the product, Shannon is one of the most knowledgeable Sharepoint instructors in the world. Take advantage this opportunity to hear his advice about preparing for the Technology Specialist exam 70-667: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring.

    Register now! SharePoint Server 2010 Technology Specialist series: Exam 70-667

    Monday, April 18, 2011 Start Time: 8am Pacific Time (What time is this in my region?)

  • Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) has opened registration for a new Jump Start tailored for experienced developers interested in leveraging ASP.NET and Visual Studio 2012 to offer modern apps that target modern browsers.

    Two of Microsoft’s most seasoned ASP.NET speakers, Scott Hanselman and Jon Galloway, will provide an accelerated introduction to building modern web applications with ASP.NET 4.5 and ASP.NET MVC 4. In this course, they will target key scenarios like building mobile ready websites, social web applications as well as modern HTML5 browser features.

    • What: Building Web Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start
    • Date: February 19, 2012 Friday, February 22, 2013
    • Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm PST
    • Cost: FREE!
    • Target audience: Application Developers with at least six months professional experience.

    ** REGISTER NOW **

    Help us spread the word with a blog post or a tweet like this one:
    #MSJumpStart! @shanselman & @jongalloway target modern browsers w/ ASP.NET. http://aka.ms/WebAppsASP-JS @MSLearning #MSMVA

    What’s a “Jump Start” Course?
    Training specifically designed for experienced technologists whose jobs demand they know how to best leverage new, emerging Microsoft technologies. These advanced courses assume a certain level of expertise and domain knowledge, so they move quickly and cover topics in a fashion that enables teams to effectively map new skills to real-world situations.

  • Many of you have enjoyed the Programming in C# Jump Start on MVA-- it's been one of our most popular courses on MVA! On May 23, 2013 Jerry Nixon and Daren May will be back in the studio to deliver accelerated cert prep for exam 70-485 to a live global audience. Of course, you're all invited! Each module will be packed with cool demos, samples and techniques aimed at helping you build better Windows Store apps through animations, transitions, storage mechanisms, caching strategies, and more.

    Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C# Jump Start | Register Now

    Date: May 23, 2013
    Time: 9:00am – 5:00 pm (PDT)
    Where: Live, online virtual classroom
    Cost: Free!

    Help us spread the word--Announce this on your blog or post a tweet!
    Advanced C# #MSJumpStart on 5/23 w/ @jerrynixon & @darenmay! Last in the series! http://aka.ms/AdvCJS #MSmva
    Let @jerrynixon & @darenmay help you prep for MCSD w/ C# #MSJumpStart on 5/23 http://aka.ms/AdvCJS #MSmva
    They're back! Join @jerrynixon & @darenmay for final C# #MSJumpStart on 5/23 http://aka.ms/AdvCJS #MSmva

  • This fast-paced MVA Jump Start is designed to help IT departments understand why it's time to start the process of extending infrastructure to the cloud. Microsoft Technical Evangelist David Tesar and Azure Group Technical Product Manager David Aiken will leverage a demo-rich and engaging team-teaching style to illustrate how Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (e.g., Virtual Machines, Virtual Networks, Storage, Active Directory) makes it easy to safely migrate, extend, run, manage and monitor common workloads in the cloud. 

    Windows Azure for IT Pros | Register Now!

    Date: May 16, 2013
    Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm PST
    Where: Live, online virtual classroom
    Cost: FREE!

    Additionally, they'll cover SharePoint and extending System Center 2012 SP1 during this course. This is one Jump Start you don't want to miss.

    Help us spread the word--Announce this on your blog or post a tweet!
    Extend your #infrastructure! Cool #MSJumpStart w/ @dtzar & @thedavidaiken http://aka.ms/JSAzure #MSmva #iaas
    Move common workloads to the #cloud! #Azure #MSJumpStart w/ @dtzar & @thedavidaiken http://aka.ms/JSAzure #MSmva #iaas

  • The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) team has opened registration for a new Jump Start designed for IT professionals who need to manage, monitor and automate VMware in their datacenter using System Center 2012 SP1. During this half-day Jump Start, Microsoft Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman (MCSE and VMware Certified Professional) will be joined by four different Microsoft and VMware experts during the team-taught learning experience.

    Microsoft Tools for VMware Integration & Migration Jump Start

    • Date/Time: March 14, 2013, 8am-12pm PST
    • Instructor Team: Symon Perriman, Eric Winner, Michael Stafford, Justin Incarnato and Anupama Vedapuri
    • Where: Live online virtual classroom
    • Cost: FREE!

    **Register Now**

    This half-day course is the third in a three Jump Start series on Microsoft Virtualization. Please visit MVA to view the first two courses in the series:

    We look forward to seeing online March 14 and in MVA!

  • Are you an experienced developer looking for ways to maximize the amount of code you reuse when building apps for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8? Join Senior Technical Evangelist Ben Riga as he dives into the major similarities and differences between these two platforms while providing invaluable guidance, best practices, and patterns as well as demonstrating techniques to help you deliver apps for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 with maximum code reuse.

    ** REGISTER NOW **

    Help us spread the word with a blog post or a tweet like this one:
    Free #MSJumpstart w/ @benriga! Building apps 4 BOTH #Windows8 & #WindowsPhone 8 #MSmva Register! http://aka.ms/Both-W8-WP8-JS

    What’s a “Jump Start” Course?
    Training specifically designed for experienced technologists whose jobs demand they know how to best leverage new, emerging Microsoft technologies. These advanced courses assume a certain level of expertise and domain knowledge, so they move quickly and cover topics in a fashion that enables teams to effectively map new skills to real-world situations.