The "consumerization of IT" is a hot topic these days--and it's not just hype. Consumers have more choice, more options, and more flexibility in the technology they use every day--from mobile devices and computers to the social networks they use to connect with each other. As that technology spills over into their professional lives,  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--including your developers-in-training--this can mean an opportunity to turn bright ideas into applications.

Introducing the all-new MSCD certifications

With the launch of Visual Studio 2012, we are thrilled to introduce new Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) certifications, designed for the future of the Windows applications marketplace: 

MCSD

MCSD: Windows Store apps for Windows 8 developers reflects expertise in architecting and building Windows Store apps.
MCSD: Web Applications validates the ability to create and deploy modern Web applications and services.

MCSD certifications recognize developers who demonstrate the ability to design and develop leading-edge business solutions in the cloud. That means your students are provided an objective, meaningful way to identify advanced technical competence and significant real-world solution-building expertise.

Get started with free courses and exams
We're making it easy to get started on the path to earn an MCSD. To help you along the way, Microsoft is currently hosting two limited-time special offers (note: these offers can not be combined): 

HTML5 offerFree jump start on HTML5 training and exam. 

Get ahead of the competition with a free, two-day online course to update your programming skills in the new versions of HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3. Then take a free exam (Exam 70-480) to prove what you know. The voucher counts as credit toward MCSD: Web Applications, and MCSD: Windows Store Apps using HTML5. Combine the great training of the Jump Start with the free exam voucher, and you are on your way to earning your MCSD. Complete offer details >

Second shotSecond Shot: Retake an exam for free

Sign up today for your Second Shot exam or exam pack and, for a limited time, you’ll be able to retake any exam you don’t pass the first time—at no extra cost. And if you purchase a certification pack of exams, you can save up to 15 percent in addition to getting a second shot.  Learn more >