Welcome to the pre-holiday edition of the IT Academy weekly round-up. This week, we're announcing new beta exams, reminding you of two rapidly-approaching events, and sharing news from the Microsoft education network.   

Training & Certification 

Exams for SharePoint Server 2013 and Lync Server 2013 now available in beta! 

Exams are now available in beta worldwide for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013:

Exam 73-331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
Exam 73-332: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

These exams validate your students’ expertise in helping a company organize, sync, collaborate, and share information across the organization. They count the same as live exams toward Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): SharePoint

Also now LIVE and available are these Microsoft Lync Server 2013 exams:

Exam 73-336: Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013
Exam 73-337: Enterprise Voice & Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013

Passing these exams validate your students’ expertise in creating a consistent communications experience for their future employer and connecting co-workers to hundreds of millions of people around the world.  These exams count toward Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Communication.

Events 

Microsoft IT Academy Virtual Event
November 29, 2012

The next Microsoft IT Academy Virtual Event is right around the corner. Join fellow members on November 29, 2012 for a 1-hour session on the newest benefits released within the program. We'll walk you through the new courses and exams available for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, provide you a certification roadmap you can use to help facilitate career conversations with your students, and more.  

Have your Microsoft IT Academy ID ready for this exclusive event when you register here.

Partners in Learning Global Forum 2012
 November 28 - December 1, 2012

Microsoft Partners in Learning celebrates the world's most innovative educators and school leaders for bringing technology to life in the classroom and impacting millions of students. Microsoft Partners in Learning hosts national and regional events throughout the year that recognize innovative educators and school leaders. These competitions culminate in the Partners in Learning Global Forum.

This year’s Global Forum will take place in Prague, Czech Republic from November 28 - December 1, 2012. The Global Forum – with the theme, “Your ideas matter” – will bring together more than 500 of the most innovative teachers, school leaders, education leaders, and government officials from 75 countries.

Learn more about this year's event. 

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