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  • There will be a price adjustment on Microsoft Official Courses (MOC) in September 2016. This list of FAQs will address additional questions as more information becomes available.

     

    Q: When will the MOC price adjustment go into effect?

    A: The price change is anticipated on September 1, 2016.

     

    Q: Is the MOC price adjustment happening worldwide?

    A: Yes.

     

    Q: To which courses will this price adjustment apply?

    A: It will apply to all Microsoft Official Courses (MOC). 

     

    Q: Will the price adjustment also apply to MOC On Demand courses?

    A: This is currently under evaluation. More information will be provided during the second half of 2016.

     

    Q: Will the price of the DMOC with MOC On-Demand Packaged Sets change? 

    A: Yes. 

     

    Q: Will the price adjustment also impact academic pricing?

    A: Yes, it will apply to academic institutions and Microsoft Imagine Academy members who purchase MOC.

     

    Q: Will the price adjustment also impact SATV?

    A: SATV pricing will be evaluated, but at this time we cannot guarantee a price change in SATV will occur.  

     

    Q: Where can I find my current SATV price?

    A: You may find the SATV price for your location here: https://partner.microsoft.com/enUS/membership/satv-voucher-pricing

     

    Q: Can I learn of my new price prior to September 1, 2016?

    A: In late August, you will be able to contact your ASM or local RSC to find out more about your pricing.

     

    Q:  What cadence will Microsoft implement MOC price adjustments and increases in the future?

    A: In the future our goal will be to review pricing on at least an annual basis in order to keep pace with any economic and currency changes.

  • Price adjustments on Microsoft certification exams will go into effect on July 18, 2016. Microsoft certification customers and partners received an early notification in April 2016. This list of FAQs will address additional questions you may have about these exam price changes. To view and share this list of FAQs, use https://aka.ms/epfaq16.

     

    Q: When will the exam price adjustment go into effect?

    A: The price change will be implemented on July 18, 2016.

     

    Q: Is the exam price adjustment happening worldwide?

    A: Yes.

     

    Q: To which exams will this price adjustment apply?

    A: It will apply to commercial MCP exams, academic MCP exams, and MTA exams. Academic exams purchased from Pearson VUE and Courseware Marketplace will also see price changes. This does not apply to academic exams purchased through volume licensing.

     

    Q: How do I find out what the new exam price will be for my region?

    A: Please visit any exam detail page (select one from this list) after June 8 to see the new exam price in your area.

     

    Q: I have an exam voucher. Do I need to use it prior to the price change? If not, will I be charged an additional fee if the price increases?

    A: No. You may use your voucher at any time through the voucher’s expiration date. If the voucher is pre-paid, you will not be charged an additional fee. If the voucher provides a discount less than 100%, your discount will be applied to the price of the exam on the day you purchase it.

     

    Q: If I schedule and pay for my exam prior to July 18, must I also take the exam before the price changes?

    A: No. As long as you schedule and pay for your exam before the price changes take effect, you may take the exam at a later date.

     

    Q: I’m not ready yet to take my exam. Is there a way for me to pre-pay for my exam at the current price and schedule at a later date?

    A: Yes. Consider purchasing a Microsoft Certification Booster Pack https://aka.ms/boosterpack. Once you purchase your Booster Pack, you may schedule your exam up to six (6) months from the date of purchase.

     

    Q: Will Booster Pack prices change, too?

    A: No, Booster Pack pricing will remain constant until the offer ends on August 31, 2016. See details at https://aka.ms/boosterpack.

     

    Q: Will the price adjustment also impact academic exam pricing?

    A: Yes, it will apply to students registering for exams without a voucher. It does not apply to students using vouchers purchased from Pearson VUE, Courseware Marketplace, or through Volume Licensing.

     

    Q: I am a student. Will I still get a student discount on exams?

    A: Yes, you will continue to receive your student discount during the checkout process when you schedule an exam.

     

    Q: Will Volume Licensing exam voucher prices be affected?

    A: Not at this time.

  • These terms and conditions are for the Microsoft Certification Booster Packs offer, March 7 - September 30, 2016. Visit the Special Offers page for offer details and to purchase Booster Packs.

     

     

    Microsoft Certification Booster Pack Offer

     

    • The Microsoft Certification booster pack offer is a six-month promotional offer available between March 1, 2016, and September 30, 2016.

    • Booster pack offer include discount pricing for combination purchases of Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam voucher, a Microsoft Official Practice test voucher, and up to four (4) MCP exam retakes if you fail to pass the MCP exam. Exact pricing varies by region.

    • Booster pack options include: 1) one MCP exam voucher and a practice test voucher, 2) one MCP exam voucher and up to four (4) MCP exam retakes, or 3) one MCP exam voucher with and up to four (4) MCP exam retakes and a practice test voucher.

    • All vouchers in the booster pack expire six (6) months from the date of purchase. You must schedule all MCP exams (include all retakes) within six months of purchase.

    • Practice tests must be activated by March 31, 2017, and are valid for thirty (30) days from activation.

    • Booster pack can be purchased via Pearson VUE product pages.

    • The vouchers in the Booster Pack offer are not transferrable, non-refundable, and cannot be redeemed for cash or credit.

    • The exam retakes in the Booster Pack offer is a free benefit and has no cash value.

     

    MCP Exam Voucher Terms and Conditions:

     

    • Each MCP voucher code may be redeemed once to take one MCP exam at a Pearson VUE testing center or online proctored appointments only.

    • You must redeem your MCP exam voucher and schedule all MCP exams (include retakes) within six (6) months of purchasing a Booster Pack.

    • Voucher codes are program specific and, in some cases, exam specific and may not be used for any other offering. 

    • Vouchers and voucher codes may not be redeemed for cash, credit, or refunds.

    • Expired, stolen or lost vouchers or voucher codes will not be replaced.

    • Any resale or transfer of any of these vouchers or voucher codes is expressly prohibited.

    • Vouchers and voucher codes are void if altered in any way.

    • Voucher codes can only be redeemed in the region from which it was purchased. 

    • Vouchers may not be applied to exams that have already been taken.

    • Microsoft, Pearson VUE, and Pearson VUE test centers are not responsible for lost or stolen vouchers or voucher codes.

    • To register for an exam, visit the Microsoft website located here.

    • Voucher code must be provided when registering for the Microsoft Certification exam.

    • Individuals that cancel or reschedule their appointment to take an exam seventy-two hours or less from the scheduled time may forfeit their voucher (voucher code cannot be used again) or one free exam retake.

    • Individuals that fail to show up for their scheduled exam appointment may forfeit their voucher (voucher code cannot be used again) or one free exam retake.

    • Free exam retakes are limited to the same exam associated with the initial voucher and must be taken by the same individual who took the initial exam.

    • Individuals must wait at least one day after failing an exam before registering for their exam retake.

    • Beta exams can only be taken once, and do not qualify for the Booster Pack offer.

    • Retake exam appointment availability is limited to capacity at Pearson VUE Testing Centers or online proctors.

    • All retake timeframes are subject to compliance with the Microsoft Certification exam retake policies.

     

    Microsoft Official Practice Test Voucher Terms and Conditions

     

     

     

    Practice tests must be activated by March 31, 2017. To register and use a practice test voucher code, follow these simple steps:

     

     

     

    1. Please check that you meet the minimum system requirements listed here

    2. Go to marketplace.measureup.com. If you already have an account, log in to your account, then skip to step 3.

    3. If you do not have an account, then go to marketplace.measureup.com and click New Account button.

    4. On the Learning Locker Toolbar, click Register Products.

    5. Read and consent to the License Agreement by selecting the check box below the License Agreement.

    6. Enter the product registration key in the text box. Do not remove any dashes or substitute any numbers.

    7. Click the Register button to complete practice test registration.

    8. Click the Learning Locker button on the toolbar.

    9. Click the link to your practice test and follow the instructions to start the test.

    10. Once activated, the practice test/s access will be valid for thirty (30) days

     

    Practice Test Terms & Conditions: To review the detailed Pearson VUE Terms & Conditions, please click here

     

    Practice Test Support: For registration of the voucher or issues with the voucher once fulfilled, please contact mindhub@pearson.com.

     

     

  • [Round 2] Terms and Conditions for Microsoft Certification Vouchers:

      • Offer good until December 31, 2014 for up to a total of 10,000 vouchers distributed worldwide.

      • Eligible exams: A voucher may be redeemed to take any MCP exam.

      • By clicking accept to receive a voucher, you agree to share your profile, including exams taken, on the Microsoft MCT Challenge website. Your exam results will not be shared nor distributed.  For more information about what information will be shared, see the FAQ below and the Microsoft.com privacy statement.

      • Exam 70-532 is not available in China, India, Pakistan, or Turkey.

      • Vouchers may not be combined with other vouchers and discounts. 

      • This offer ends on December 31, 2014, or while supplies last, and is not redeemable for cash.

      • Due to government gift and ethics laws, government employees (including military and employees of public education institutions) are not eligible to participate.

      • Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the recipient.

      • Exam Delivery services are provided by Prometric, a third-party vendor.  All exam vouchers must be redeemed from an Authorized Prometric Test Center (APTC).

      • Microsoft, Prometric, and APTCs are not responsible for lost or stolen vouchers or voucher numbers.

      • Expired, stolen or lost vouchers will not be replaced.

      • Vouchers are nontransferable and void if altered in any way.

      • Vouchers may not be combined with other vouchers and discounts. 

      • Individuals must register for and take their examination prior to the expiration date provided with the voucher.

    • There is a rescheduling fee for individuals who reschedule or cancel their appointment to take an exam 15 or fewer days before the scheduled date.

    • Individuals that cancel or reschedule their appointment to take an exam seventy-two hours or less from the scheduled time will forfeit their exam voucher (vouchers cannot be used again).

    • Individuals that fail to show up for their scheduled exam appointment will forfeit their exam voucher (vouchers cannot be used again).

      • Voucher expiration dates cannot be extended under any circumstances.

      • Microsoft reserves the right to cancel, change, or suspend this offer at any time without notice.

     

    [Round 1] Terms and Conditions for Microsoft Certification Vouchers:

      • Offer good until November 30, 2014 for up to a total of 10,000 vouchers distributed worldwide.
      • Eligible exams: A voucher may be redeemed to take any MCP exam.
      • By clicking accept to receive a voucher, you agree to share your profile, including exams taken, on the Microsoft MCT Challenge website. Your exam results will not be shared nor distributed.  For more information about what information will be shared, see the FAQ below and the Microsoft.com privacy statement.
      • Exam 70-532 is not available in China, India, Pakistan, or Turkey.
      • Vouchers may not be combined with other vouchers and discounts. 
      • This offer ends on November 30, 2014, or while supplies last, and is not redeemable for cash.
      • Due to government gift and ethics laws, government employees (including military and employees of public education institutions) are not eligible to participate.
      • Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the recipient.
      • Exam Delivery services are provided by Prometric, a third-party vendor.  All exam vouchers must be redeemed from an Authorized Prometric Test Center (APTC).
      • Microsoft, Prometric, and APTCs are not responsible for lost or stolen vouchers or voucher numbers.
      • Expired, stolen or lost vouchers will not be replaced.
      • Vouchers are nontransferable and void if altered in any way.
      • Vouchers may not be combined with other vouchers and discounts. 
      • Individuals must register for and take their examination prior to the expiration date provided with the voucher.
    • There is a rescheduling fee for individuals who reschedule or cancel their appointment to take an exam 15 or fewer days before the scheduled date.

    • Individuals that cancel or reschedule their appointment to take an exam seventy-two hours or less from the scheduled time will forfeit their exam voucher (vouchers cannot be used again).

    • Individuals that fail to show up for their scheduled exam appointment will forfeit their exam voucher (vouchers cannot be used again).

      • Voucher expiration dates cannot be extended under any circumstances.
      • Microsoft reserves the right to cancel, change, or suspend this offer at any time without notice.

     

     

     


     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q:  How many vouchers may I request?

    A:  You may request as many vouchers as you would like. Only one voucher may be requested at a time.

     

    Q:  How many vouchers are available?

    A:  10,000 total vouchers will be available for this offer worldwide.

     

    Q:  Where can these vouchers be redeemed?

                    A:  Vouchers can be redeemed at www.prometric.com for you to schedule your exam.

     

    Q:  How many exams can I take with one voucher?

    A:  One voucher is required for each exam.

     

    Q:  Can I schedule to take an exam appointment after 2014?

    A:  For Round 1 of the MCT Challenge, all exams must be scheduled and taken prior to November 30, 2014. For Round 2 of the MCT Challenge, all exams must be taken between December 1 and December 31, 2014.

     

    Q:  Do the vouchers work for any exam?

    A:  Vouchers obtained from the MCT Challenge portal are good toward MCP, MTA, and Microsoft Dynamics exams.

     

    Q:  Can I take an exam at Pearson Vue?

    A:  No, these vouchers are good only at a Prometric testing center.

     

    Q:  Can I use the Online Proctoring option to take an exam?

    A:  No, these vouchers are good only at a Prometric testing center.

     

    Q:  Are there limitations to any of the exams?

    A:  Exam 70-532 is a beta exam and certain restrictions and limitations apply. For instance, you will not receive a score report immediately, and there are restrictions to which country you may test in. Please see the Preparing to take a beta exam page for more information.

     

    Q:  Can I give the voucher to my students?

    A:  No, the vouchers are for your personal use only.

     

  • MICROSOFT CERTIFIED TRAINER CHALLENGE SWEEPSTAKES

    OFFICIAL RULES

     

     

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. 

     

    PLEASE NOTE:  It is your sole responsibility to comply with your employer’s gift policies.  If your participation violates your employer’s policies, you may be disqualified. Microsoft disclaims any and all liability and will not be party to any disputes or actions related to this matter.

     

    GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: Microsoft is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government employees are not eligible.

     

    This Sweepstakes is hosted in the United States, and entry information is collected on computers in the United States. This Sweepstakes will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Sweepstakes. If you do not agree with this provision and these Official Rules, please do not enter this Sweepstakes.

     

    COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:

    These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft Microsoft Certified Trainer Challenge sweepstakes promotion will operate.  This promotion will be simply referred to as the “Sweepstakes” throughout the rest of these rules. 

    In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of the Sweepstakes. “You” refers to an eligible Sweepstakes entrant. 

    WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?

     

    Round one of this Sweepstakes starts at 12:01 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) on October 16, 2014, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on November 30, 2014 (“Entry Period”) and will consist of multiple Sweepstakes drawings as outlined below.  Entries must be received within the Entry Period to be eligible.

    Round two of this Sweepstakes starts at 12:01 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) on December 1, 2014, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on December 31, 2014 (“Entry Period”) and will consist of multiple Sweepstakes drawings as outlined below.  Entries must be received within the Entry Period to be eligible.

     

    CAN I ENTER?

     

    You are eligible to enter this Sweepstakes if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:

     

    • You are a Microsoft Certified Trainer and are 18 years of age or older; and

       

    • You are NOT a resident of any of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

       

      • PLEASE NOTE: U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries / regions are not eligible to participate.

     

    • You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and

       

    • You are NOT involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes; and

       

    • You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse/domestic partner, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes.

     

    This Sweepstakes is void outside of the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibited by law.

     

    HOW DO I ENTER?

     

    To enter, you must take any of the qualifying technical MCP and MTA exams as listed at https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-list.aspx by first requesting a free voucher (limit one voucher per exam) via http://vouchers.cloudapp.net/mct/.

     

    Regardless of whether you pass the exam, you will automatically receive a Sweepstakes entry based on the number of exams you take as follows:


    •             TAKE AT LEAST 3 EXAMS TOTAL to be entered into Sweepstakes #1


    •             TAKE AT LEAST 6 EXAMS TOTAL to be entered into Sweepstakes #2

    •             TAKE AT LEAST 9 EXAMS TOTAL to be entered into Sweepstakes #3

    •             TAKE AT LEAST 12 EXAMS TOTAL to be entered into Sweepstakes #4

    •             THE MCT WHO TAKE THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF EXAMS TOTAL will receive the grand prize listed below. In the event of a tie, the entrant who completed the highest number of exams first will be the winner.

     

    While there is no limit to the number of exams you can take, you will only receive one (1) entry per exam taken.

    We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.

    We will automatically disqualify:

    • Any incomplete or illegible entry; and

    • Any entries that we receive from you that are in excess of the entry limit described above.

       

      WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES

       

      On or around the close of each Entry Periods, we will randomly select winners of the prizes designated below. 

       

      Sweepstakes #1: Five (5) winners will be selected to each receive a Microsoft 8000 Series Presenter Mouse. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $75.00

       

      Sweepstakes #2: Four (4) winners will be selected to each receive a Beats Pill 2.0 Wireless Speaker. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $200.00

       

      Sweepstakes #3: Three (3) winners will be selected to each receive a pair of Beats Studio Headphones. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $300.00

       

      Sweepstakes #4: Two (2) winners will be selected to each receive a Microsoft Xbox One. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $400.00

       

      One (1) Grand Prize. One (1) winner will be selected to receive a Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $1,500.00

       

      The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $4,375

       

      *PLEASE NOTE: If Surface Pro 3 is not certified for distribution in your country of residence, you will be provided with an alternate prize of equal or greater value.

       

      We will only award three (3) prize(s) per person overall. Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held after which the applicable prize will remain un-awarded.

       

      If you are a potential winner, we will notify you by sending a message to the e-mail address, the phone number, or mailing address (if any) provided at time of entry within seven (7) days following the random drawing.  If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award the prize to an alternate, randomly selected winner. 

      If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter the Sweepstakes . If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If you complete a tax form, you will be issued an IRS Form 1099 the following January, for the actual value of the prize. You are advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting a prize. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf.  If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select an alternate, randomly selected winner.

      If you are confirmed as a  winner of this Sweepstakes:

       

      • You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services.  However, if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value; and

     

      • You may not designate someone else as the winner.  If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we will award it to an alternate potential winner; and

     

      • If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable federal, state, and local taxes related to accepting the prize; and

     

      • If you are otherwise eligible for this Sweepstakes, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, we may award the prize to your parent/legal guardian on your behalf; and

     

      • Unless otherwise noted, all prizes are subject to their manufacturer’s warranty and / or terms and conditions. 

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING?

     

    Your odds of winning this Sweepstakes depend on the number of eligible entries we receive.

     

    WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS ARE YOU AGREEING TO BY ENTERING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?

     

    By entering this Sweepstakes you agree:

     

    • To abide by these Official Rules; and

       

    • To release and hold harmless Microsoft,and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won; and

     

    • That Microsoft’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Sweepstakes; and

       

    • That by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Sweepstakes, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.

       

      WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED?

      This Sweepstakes will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Sweepstakes.  

      WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE SWEEPSTAKES CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?

      If someone cheats, or a virus, bug, bot, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Sweepstakes.  This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Sweepstakes.

       

      If you attempt or we have strong reason to believe that you have compromised the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, creating a bot or other automated program, or by committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Further, we may disqualify you, and ban you from participating in any of our future Sweepstakes, so please play fairly.

      HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT WHO WON?

      We will post the names of winners who received a prize worth $25.00 or more online at http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/. This list will remain posted one month after winner selection.

       

      WHO IS SPONSORING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?

       

      Microsoft  Corporation

      One Microsoft Way

      Redmond, WA 98052

       

  • MICROSOFT BUILD IT. SHARE IT. WIN IT EVENT SWEEPSTAKES

    OFFICIAL RULES

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. 

     

    PLEASE NOTE: It is your sole responsibility to comply with your employer’s gift policies.  If your participation violates your employer’s policies, you may be disqualified. Microsoft disclaims any and all liability and will not be party to any disputes or actions related to this matter.

     

    GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: Microsoft is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government employees are not eligible.

     

    WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?

     

    This Sweepstakes starts on April 2, 2014, and ends on April 4, 2014 (“Entry Period”) and will be conducted during regular event hours. Winners will be selected daily. Entries will be eligible for the daily drawing in which they are received and will also carryover to subsequent daily drawings until selected as a winner.

     

    CAN I ENTER?

     

    You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at time entry:

     

      • You are a registered attendee of Build Conference and you are 18 years of age or older; and

     

      • If you are 18 of age or older, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Sweepstakes; and

     

      • You are NOT a resident of any of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

     

        • PLEASE NOTE: U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries / regions are not eligible to participate.

     

      • You are NOT event exhibitor support personnel; and

     

      • You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation, or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and

     

      • You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, any person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes.

    This Sweepstakes is void where prohibited by law.

     

    HOW DO I ENTER?

    You can enter by submitting a single photo of yourself holding the “Build it. Share it. Win it.” card and sharing it on Twitter or Instragram using the hashtags #bldwin and #certifyme

    We will only accept one (1) entry per person overall. We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.

    We will automatically disqualify:

    • Any incomplete or illegible entry; and

    • Any entries that we receive from you that are in excess of the entry limit described above.

       

      In addition:

       

    • your entry must be your own original work; and

    • your entry cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest; and

    • you must have obtained any and all consents, approvals or licenses required for you to submit your entry; and

    • your entry may not include any third party trademarks (logos, names) or copyrighted materials (music, images, video, recognizable people) unless you have obtained permission to use the materials. You may include Microsoft trademarks, logos, and designs, for which Microsoft grants you a limited license to use for the sole purposes of submitting an entry into this Contest.

     

    Entries may NOT contain, as determined by us, in our sole and absolute discretion, any content that:

     

    • is sexually explicit, unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic;

    • promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing) or a particular political agenda;

    • is obscene or offensive;

    • defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about other people or companies;

    • communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which we wish to associate; and/or violates any law;

       

      We reserve the right to reject any entry, in our sole and absolute discretion, that we determine does not meet the above criteria.

     

    WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES

     

    Each day during the event, we will randomly select one (1) winner of the prizes designated bellow.

     

    Three (3) Grand Prizes (one per day).  A $100 Visa Gift Card.

     

    The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $300

     

    We will only award one (1) prize per person during the Entry Period.

     

    WINNER NOTIFICATION

     

    Winners will be selected and notified at the event.  If you do not claim a prize at the event, we will send you prize claim instructions using the contact information you provided at time of entry.

     

    GENERAL CONDITIONS

     

    Taxes on the prize, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner.  All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.  No substitution, transfer, or assignment of prize permitted, except that Microsoft reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event the offered prize is unavailable. Prize winners may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release and W-9 tax  form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If you complete a tax form, you will be issued an IRS 1099 the following January, for the actual value of the prize. You are advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting a prize. If a selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize or fails to return the Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release or W-8 BEN form, the selected winner will forfeit their prize and an alternate winner will be selected. Your odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries we receive. In the event of a dispute all decisions of Microsoft are final. 

     

    By entering this Sweepstakes you agree:

     

    • To abide by these Official Rules; and

       

    • To release and hold harmless Microsoft and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won; and

     

    • That by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Sweepstakes, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.

       

      WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE SWEEPSTAKES CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?

    If someone cheats, or a virus, bug, bot, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Sweepstakes.  This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Sweepstakes. 

    If you attempt or we have strong reason to believe that you have compromised the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, creating a bot or other automated program, or by committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Further, we may disqualify you, and ban you from participating in any of our future Sweepstakes, so please play fairly.

     

    WINNERS LIST AND SPONSOR

     

    For a complete list of winners, visit http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/.

     

    This Sweepstakes is sponsored by Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052.

     

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    At Microsoft, we are committed to protecting your privacy.  Microsoft uses the information you provide to notify prize winners, and to send you information about other Microsoft products and services, if requested by you.  Microsoft will not share the information you provide with third parties without your permission except where necessary to complete the services or transactions you have requested, or as required by law.  Microsoft is committed to protecting the security of your personal information.  We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Your personal information is never shared outside the company without your permission, except under conditions explained above.

     

    If you believe that Microsoft has not adhered to this statement, please notify us  by sending email to tasharom@microsoft.com and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to remedy the situation.

     

    • ·     20% off initial exam plus Second Shot voucher offer is available until May 31, 2014.
    • ·     Exam vouchers expire on May 31, 2014, for exams with 070 and 071 prefixes, commercial MTA exams (with a 098 prefix), and Microsoft Dynamics exams.
    • ·     One voucher can be applied toward one Microsoft Certification exam, delivered at an authorized Prometric testing center.
    • ·     Vouchers are program-specific and, in some cases, exam-specific. Please ensure that you redeem the voucher for the correct exam.
    • ·     Individuals must register for and take both initial and retake exams prior to the expiration date provided with the voucher.
    • ·     All retake timeframes are subject to compliance with the Microsoft Certification Exam retake rules.
    • ·     Voucher expiration dates cannot be extended under any circumstances.
    • ·     Microsoft, Prometric, and Prometric testing centers are not responsible for lost or stolen vouchers or voucher numbers.
    • ·     Vouchers cannot be redeemed for cash or credit.
    • ·     Vouchers may not be applied to exams that have already been taken.
    • ·     Vouchers may not be combined with other vouchers and discounts.
    • ·     Vouchers are nontransferable and are void if altered in any way.
    • ·     Vouchers can only be redeemed in the region from which they were purchased.
    • ·     All Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Certification exam vouchers may only be redeemed from Prometric test centers.
    • ·     Individuals must wait at least one day after failing an exam before registering for their exam retake.
    • ·     When registering for the retake exam, individuals must provide their Second Shot voucher numbers.
    • ·     There is a rescheduling fee for individuals who reschedule or cancel their appointment to take an exam 15 or fewer days before the scheduled date.
    • ·     Individuals who cancel or reschedule their appointment to take an exam 72 hours or less from the scheduled time will forfeit their exam voucher including the free retake (vouchers cannot be used again).
    • ·     Individuals who fail to show up for their scheduled exam appointment will forfeit their exam voucher including the free retake (vouchers cannot be used again).

     

    • Offer available until May 31, 2014 or while supplies last. The first exam must be paid for and scheduled before May 31, 2014. Both exams must be taken by December 31, 2014 at an Authorized Prometric Testing Center (APTC).
    • Special 2-for-1 offer applies only to the following pairs of commercially priced exams (purchase a voucher for one exam in a pair and get the other exam free): Exams 70-484 and 70-485, Exams 70-488 and 70-489, Exams 70-480 and 70-492, Exams 486 and 487.
    • Academic pricing not available for this offer.
    • Cannot be sold separately.
    • Vouchers are not transferable between programs.
    • Candidates must register for and take their examination prior to the expiration date provided with the voucher.
    • Expired, stolen or lost vouchers will not be replaced.
    • Voucher expiration dates cannot be extended under any circumstances.
    • Microsoft, Prometric and APTCs are not responsible for lost or stolen vouchers or voucher numbers.
    • Vouchers may not be redeemed for cash or credit, and may not be used for any offering other than the one specified on the voucher.
    • Vouchers may not be applied to exams that have already been taken.
    • This voucher may not be combined with other vouchers and discounts.
    • Vouchers are nontransferable and are void if altered or revised in any way.
    • Any resale of these vouchers is expressly prohibited.
    • Due to government gift and ethics laws, government employees (including military and employees of public education institutions) are not eligible to participate.
    • Offer void where prohibited.
    • To redeem a voucher, visit the Prometric website. The voucher number must be provided when registering for the Microsoft Certification exam.

     

    • 20% off + 2nd shot voucher offer is available from December 1, 2013, to May 31, 2014.
    • Exam voucher expires on May 31, 2014 and is only valid for the following exams:70-410, 70-411, 70-412, 70-461, 70-462, 70-463, 70-687, 70-688
    • One voucher can be applied toward one Microsoft Certification exam, delivered at an authorized Prometric testing center.
    • Vouchers are program-specific and, in some cases, exam-specific. Please ensure that you redeem the voucher for the correct exam.
    • Individuals must register for and take both initial and retake exams prior to the expiration date provided with the voucher.
    • All retake timeframes are subject to compliance with the Microsoft Certification Exam retake rules.
    • Voucher expiration dates cannot be extended under any circumstances.
    • Microsoft, Prometric, and Prometric testing centers are not responsible for lost or stolen vouchers or voucher numbers
    • Vouchers cannot be redeemed for cash or credit.
    • Vouchers may not be applied to exams that have already been taken.
    • Vouchers may not be combined with other vouchers and discounts.
    • Vouchers are nontransferable and are void if altered in any way.
    • Vouchers can only be redeemed in the region from which they were purchased.
    • All Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Certification exam vouchers may only be redeemed from Prometric test centers.
    • Individuals must wait at least one day after failing an exam before registering for their exam retake.
    • When registering for the retake exam, individuals must provide their Second Shot voucher numbers.
    • There is a rescheduling fee for individuals who reschedule or cancel their appointment to take an exam 15 or fewer days before the scheduled date.
    • Individuals who cancel or reschedule their appointment to take an exam 72 hours or less from the scheduled time will forfeit their exam voucher including the free retake (vouchers cannot be used again).
    • Individuals who fail to show up for their scheduled exam appointment will forfeit their exam voucher including the free retake (vouchers cannot be used again).

     

    • 3 for the price of 1 exam vouchers are available between November 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014.
    • Exam voucher expires on May 31, 2014 and is only valid for the following: 70-480, 70-481, 70-482, 70-483, 70-484, 70-485, 70-486, 70-487, 70-488, 70-489, 70-496, 70-497, 70-498
    • Vouchers are program-specific and, in some cases, exam-specific. Please ensure that you redeem the voucher for the correct exam.
    • Individuals must register for and take exams prior to the expiration date provided with the voucher.
    • Voucher expiration dates cannot be extended under any circumstances.
    • Microsoft, Prometric, and Prometric testing centers are not responsible for lost or stolen vouchers or voucher numbers
    • Vouchers cannot be redeemed for cash or credit.
    • Vouchers may not be applied to exams that have already been taken.
    • Vouchers may not be combined with other vouchers and discounts.
    • Vouchers are nontransferable and are void if altered in any way.
    • Vouchers can only be redeemed in the region from which they were purchased.
    • All Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Certification exam vouchers may only be redeemed from Prometric test centers.
    • There is a rescheduling fee for individuals who reschedule or cancel their appointment to take an exam 15 or fewer days before the scheduled date.
    • Individuals who cancel or reschedule their appointment to take an exam 72 hours or less from the scheduled time will forfeit their exam voucher including the free retake (vouchers cannot be used again).
    • Individuals who fail to show up for their scheduled exam appointment will forfeit their exam voucher including the free retake (vouchers cannot be used again).

     

  •  

    • 50% off any MTA exam vouchers are available between November 1, 2013 and February 28, 2014.
    • Exam voucher expires on May 31, 2014 and is only valid for Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification exams administered through Prometric with the prefix 098
    • One voucher can be applied toward one Microsoft Certification exam, delivered at an authorized Prometric testing center.
    • Vouchers are program-specific and, in some cases, exam-specific. Please ensure that you redeem the voucher for the correct exam.
    • Individuals must register for and take exams prior to the expiration date provided with the voucher.
    • Voucher expiration dates cannot be extended under any circumstances.
    • Microsoft, Prometric, and Prometric testing centers are not responsible for lost or stolen vouchers or voucher numbers
    • Vouchers cannot be redeemed for cash or credit.
    • Vouchers may not be applied to exams that have already been taken.
    • Vouchers may not be combined with other vouchers and discounts.
    • Vouchers are nontransferable and are void if altered in any way.
    • Vouchers can only be redeemed in the region from which they were purchased.
    • All Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Certification exam vouchers may only be redeemed from Prometric test centers.
    • There is a rescheduling fee for individuals who reschedule or cancel their appointment to take an exam 15 or fewer days before the scheduled date.
    • Individuals who cancel or reschedule their appointment to take an exam 72 hours or less from the scheduled time will forfeit their exam voucher including the free retake (vouchers cannot be used again).
    • Individuals who fail to show up for their scheduled exam appointment will forfeit their exam voucher including the free retake (vouchers cannot be used again).

     

  • MICROSOFT INSIGHT CAMPAIGN - GLOBAL EVENT SWEEPSTAKES

    OFFICIAL RULES

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. 

    PLEASE NOTE:  It is your sole responsibility to review and understand your employer’s policies regarding your eligibility to participate in trade promotions.  If you are participating in violation of your employer’s policies, you may be disqualified from entering or receiving prizes.  Microsoft disclaims any and all liability or responsibility for disputes arising between an employee and their employer related to this matter, and prizes will only be awarded in compliance with the employer’s policies.

    GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: Microsoft is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government employees are not eligible. 

    WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?

    This Sweepstakes starts at 9:00 am PST, local time, on October 3, 2013 and ends at 9:00 am PST, local time, on October 29, 2013 (“Entry Period”). Entries must be received within the Entry Period to be eligible.

    CAN I ENTER?

    You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at time entry:

    • You are a registered attendee of the virtual Global Microsoft Insights Event; and
    • You are NOT a resident of any of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.
    1. PLEASE NOTE: U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries / regions are not eligible to participate
    • You are NOT event exhibitor support personnel; and
    • You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation, or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and
    • You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, any person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes.

    This Sweepstakes is void where prohibited by law.

    HOW DO I ENTER?

    To enter, simply register to attend the one-hour Microsoft Insights virtual event online at www.microsoftinsights.com. The event will take place from 9:00 am PST to 10:00 am PST on October 29, 2013.  You must attend the event to complete your entry.  To attend the virtual live event, simply click on the link you receive after registering on October 29, 2013 at 9:00 am PST to attend the virtual live event. We will also provide reminders to the registered attendees up until the date with the link.

    We will only accept one (1) entry per entrant. We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.

    We will automatically disqualify:

    • Any incomplete or illegible entry; and
    • Any entries that we receive from you that are in excess of the entry limit described above.

    WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES

    On or around the close of the Entry Period, we will randomly select winners of the prizes designated below. 

    Five (5) First Prizes.  Vouchers redeemable for the cost to take three (3) Microsoft exams required to achieve either an MCSA: Windows Server 2012, an MCSA: SQL Server 2012, an MCSA: Windows 8, or any MCSD Certification.  Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of each voucher: $450.00.

    The t0tal Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $2,250.

    Prize will be awarded in the form of a voucher code that will be emailed to the winner. Winner will present the voucher code online each time they register for / schedule an exam until the voucher is complete. All exams must be scheduled and taken before the voucher expires. Vouchers expire one (1) year of the date of awarding to winner via email.

    Only three (3) of the following exams are redeemable with the prize vouchers: 70-410, 70-411, 70-412, 70-461, 70-462, 70-463, 70-687, 70-688, 70-480, 70-481, 70-482, 70-483, 70-484, 70-485, 70-486, 70-487, 70-488, 70-489, 70-496, 70-497, and 70-498.

    We will only award one (1) prize per person during the Entry Period.

    WINNER NOTIFICATION

    Winners will be selected instantly and must be present at time of drawing to win.

    GENERAL CONDITIONS

    Taxes on the prize, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner.  All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.  No substitution, transfer, or assignment of prize permitted, except that Microsoft reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event the offered prize is unavailable. Prize winners may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release and W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If a selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize or fails to return the Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release or W-8 BEN form, the selected winner will forfeit their prize and an alternate winner will be selected. Your odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries we receive. In the event of a dispute all decisions of Microsoft are final. 

    By entering this Sweepstakes you agree:

    • To abide by these Official Rules; and
    • To release and hold harmless Microsoft and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won; and
    • That by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Sweepstakes, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.

    WINNERS LIST AND SPONSOR

    We will post the names of winners who received a prize worth $25.00 or more online at http://borntolearn.mslearn.net. This list will remain posted one month after November 12, 2013.

    This Sweepstakes is sponsored by Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052.

    PRIVACY STATEMENT

    At Microsoft, we are committed to protecting your privacy.  Microsoft uses the information you provide to notify prize winners, and to send you information about other Microsoft products and services, if requested by you.  Microsoft will not share the information you provide with third parties without your permission except where necessary to complete the services or transactions you have requested, or as required by law.  Microsoft is committed to protecting the security of your personal information.  We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Your personal information is never shared outside the company without your permission, except under conditions explained above.

    If you believe that Microsoft has not adhered to this statement, please notify us by sending email to careerevent@microsoft.com or postal mail to careerevent@microsoft.com Microsoft Privacy, Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052 USA, and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to remedy the situation.

     

  • This QOTD post is in response to a few questions I see quite often on social networks:

    Q: Can I become Microsoft certified online? Can I take your exams on the internet?

    A: No, you cannot become Microsoft certified online, and no, the exams are not available on the internet. If you come across any company or website that offers you a way to do that, it's not legitimate.

    To achieve Microsoft certifications, you have to pass the required exams, which must be taken in person at a Prometric or Certiport testing center.

    • For Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exams delivered through academic outlets, register at Certiport.
    • All other Microsoft Certification paths and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exams delivered through commercial outlets, register at Prometric.

    Q: Am I required to take a training class to get certified?

    A: No, you're not required to attend training classes to achieve Microsoft certifications. You can prepare for Microsoft exams in a variety of methods, depending on your personal learning style and particular situation. However, there are advantages to attending training courses led by Microsoft Certified Trainers, available through Microsoft Learning Partners. To find a Learning Partner location or class offering near you, use our class locator tool.

    Q: Do you offer free training?

    A: We offer many free or low-cost learning and exam prep resources, which are ideal for those who prefer self study options or need to supplement their training classes. These include our Microsoft Certification Study Groups, books from Microsoft Press, online learning and "Jump Starts" from Microsoft Virtual Academy. There is also a large library of free resources on TechNet or MSDN, such as trial downloads that you can use to build your own practice lab as part of your exam prep process. Additionally, we also hold special events and webcasts such as Certified Career Day, and focused certification challenges such as "90 Days to MCSA."

     

  • I get questions about certification and training from IT pros and developers everyday, via Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc., and I answer (nearly) all of them. (Here's how to find me.) If one IT pro or developer is asking, I figure the answer is probably worth sharing with more of you, so here's one I got on LinkedIn today:


    Question:

    On 03/17/13, D wrote: 
    -------------------- 
    Hej Veronica 
    Right now in my career I want to get back to work in microsoft enivorments so i started learning C# developing. Just finished the mircosoft course "Course 20483B: Programming in C#" in Sweden where i live but I find it hard to find certification information for this specifik course. If i got it right Programming in C# Specialist is the right certification to take after this course ? 
    Where can i find examples of this certitication and how it cold look like? simply examples and more info about the certification? 
    I tried with 
    https://www.prometric.com/en-us/Pages/home.aspx but found nothing 
    Thanks in advance 
    /D


    Answer:

    Hi D, 

    By taking exam 70-483, you can earn "Programming in C# Specialist" certification. See
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/visual-studio-certification.aspx . You can then go on to take exams 70-484 and 70-485 to earn your MCSD. See http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mcsd-windows-store-apps-certification.aspx 

    We are also rolling out the developer certification study group online. You're welcome to ask questions in the forums. 
    http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/certification/developer/default.aspx#fbid=-NEqNLeSQAK 

    Hope this helps! 

    Veronica

  • Ready to prove or acquire Windows Apps skills? Here are 4 ways to prepare for the demand:

    1. Free Exam - Get a free voucher to take exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 w/ JavaScript + CSS3. Find the voucher code. UPDATE on Feb 13, 2013: The supply of free vouchers for this exam has been exhausted.
    2. Free Training - Want to learn HTML5 or brush up before taking the exam? Sign up to access the free online HTML5 course. http://aka.ms/HTML5OfferMVA
    3. Free eBook - Courtesy of Microsoft Press, "Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript"  http://aka.ms/win8apps-ebook 
    4. Free Events - Microsoft Learning Partners are holding #TechShowcase events around the world. Find and attend one near you: http://aka.ms/TechShowcase

    Tell your friends about it in 2 ways:

    • Copy one of the 4 lines above and send it out on Twitter, LinkedIn, Weibo, or your favorite social network sites.
    • Click on the image below to spread the word from our Facebook page.

  • An important upgrade exam for many Microsoft Certified IT professionals has been published. You've been busy putting your Windows Server knowledge and skills to work. Now it's time to invest in advancing your credentials and prepare for the next step in your career. Today is the day. Make the commitment to update your Windows Server certification to 2012 by booking your seat for the newly published exam 70-417.

    If you currently hold MCSA: Windows Server 2008 or one of the MCITP titles listed below, you can earn MCSA: Windows Server 2012 by passing this one exam.

    • MCITP: Virtualization Adminitrator
    • MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator
    • MCITP: Lync Server Administrator
    • MCITP: SharePoint Administrator
    • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator

    Read up on the list of skills measured on the official exam details page.

    Looking for peer support or want to share study tips for this exam? Join this forum thread.

    Ready to schedule the exam? Don't forget to grab a "free second shot" voucher.

    Welcome to the Windows Server 2012 certification path!

    *Working with Windows Server 2012 but not prevoiusly certified? Your path to MCSA: Windows Server 2012 is here, with exams 410, 411 and 412.

    *Exams 413, 414, 415 and 416 are scheduled for publication in mid-October, 2012

     

  • Anticipated Outage on June 9, 2012 --

    • Prometric will have a scheduling outage from 9-11am Eastern on Saturday, June 9. During this time, candidates will not be able to register for exams. Your patience is appreciated.

     

    Onsite Testing at TechEd NA --

    • Testing center will open on Sunday, June 10, as expected.
    • Candidates can register for an exam in advance or walk up onsite.
    • Some candidates have received cancellation notices for their scheduled Sunday exams. Prometric is looking into the issue right now, and we'll bring you updates as we receive them.

     

  • *** Updated with FREE beta exam info below! ***

    For Microsoft Learning and our community of Microsoft Certified Professionals, TechEd is definitely among the most important and exciting events of the year. This year, TechEd Europe is taking place from June 26 to 29 in Amsterdam!

    Shelby Grieve, Director at MSL, recently sat down with Channel 9 to talk about certification related resources at the conference, as well as on-site exam opportunities. (FREE, discounted and beta exams!) If you're attending, be sure to reserve time to learn about what's new in certification and get certified right there!

    Watch the video. Get all the details below or visit certification at TechEd Europe's website.

    Follow @MSLearning and @TechEd_Europe on Twitter. The official event hashtag is #TEE12.

    Free Exams*

    The following Private Cloud certification exams, which are part of the required exam path to earn Microsoft Certification Solutions Expert for the Private Cloud (MSCE: Private Cloud), will be offered at no cost to TechEd attendees who take the exam on-site:

    • Exam 70-246 | Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

    • Exam 70-247 | Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

    Online Registration is now OPEN: http://www.prometric.com/microsoft/TEEurope2012

     

    30% Exam Discounts*

    We are excited to offer a 30% discount on the following Microsoft Certification Exams on-site at TechEd:

    • Exam 70-243 | Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

    • Exam 70-400 | Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuring

    • Exam 70-461 | Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    • Exam 70-583 | Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications

    • Exam 70-640 | Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configurin

    • Exam 70-642 | Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring

    • Exam 70-646 | Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator

    • Exam 70-659 | Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization


    Online Registration is now OPEN: http://www.prometric.com/microsoft/TEEurope2012

     

    Exam Cram Sessions

    Get ready for your next certification test with these interactive study groups led by MCT Ambassadors on-site at TechEd.

    Exam 70-243: Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

    • Exam 70-321 and Exam 70-323: Deploying Office 365

    • Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    • Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases

    • Exam 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    • Exam 70-573: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development

    • Exam 70-599: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Applications

    • Exam 70-640: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring

    • Exam 70-642: Windows Server 2008 R2 Network Infrastructure, Configuring

    • Exam 70-643: Windows Server 2008 R2 Application Infrastructure, Configuring

    • Exam 70-659 and Exam 70-693: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization

    • Exam 70-662 and Exam 70-663: Exchange Server 2010, Configuring

    • Exam 70-664 and Exam 70-665: Lync Server 2010

    • Exam 70-667 and Exam 70-668: SharePoint Server 2010

    • Exam 70-680: Windows 7

     

    FREE Beta Exams | Register for exams

    • Exam 71-410 | Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

    The first exam necessary to achieve your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 certification, which is your pre-requisite to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Server Infrastructure and MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure. Learn more about the MCSE certifications

    • Exam 71-687 | Configuring Windows 8

    The first exam necessary to achieve your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows 8 certification. (NOTE: if you are already an Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Enterprise Desktop Administrator or MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician certification, you will want to wait for the upgrade exam that will be available at a later date)

    • Exam 71-480 | Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

    Candidates for the 71-480 exam will prove their experience with HTML in an object-oriented, event-driven programming model and working with data and flow with JavaScript. Additionally knowledge of the HTML5 elements, APIs, document structure, and controls as well as using CSS3 to style and create a flexible and adaptive content layout and UI. This exam counts towards the new MCSD: Windows Metro Style Apps certification. Learn more about the MCSD certifications

    Microsoft Certification in the Connect Lounge

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

  • Cloud Optimize your IT with Windows Server 2012

    In case you've been living under a rock, the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate came out on May 31, 2012! Windows Server powers many of the worlds' largest datacenters, enables small businesses around the world, and delivers value to organizations of all sizes in between. Building on this legacy, Windows Server 2012 redefines the category, delivering hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning virtualization, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more. Simply put, Windows Server 2012 helps you transform your IT operations to reduce costs and deliver a whole new level of business value.

     

    How is Microsoft Learning helping you?

    We are committed to bringing you learning resources, training opportunities and (soon) certification for Windows Server 2012 so you can take your organization and your career to the next level. Here's a list of what's available now:

    • The Introducing Windows Server 2012 e-book by Mitch Tulloch and the Windows Server BG is available for download now! If you're attending TechEd North America and Europe in June, you can get a special edition hard copy at Microsoft Learning's booth.
    • The Windows Server 2012 Jump Start is scheduled for June 20-21. We blogged about it here. Register now and encourage your peers to do the same! Responses have been overwhelming positive and we may need to cap the number soon.
    • The new MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification validates the platform level skills for a number of MCSE Certifications for IT Professionals. The first exam in the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification path will be available in beta on June 11 for attendees of TechEd North America and TechEd Europe, giving IT Professionals a head start on their Windows Server 2012 certification goals:
      -- Exam 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
    • The earliest, deepest, and highest quality Windows Server 2012 courseware in the industry will be available to our Learning Partners beginning June 8! This is the first of three waves of courseware for Windows Server 2012. Contact your favorite Microsoft Learning Partner for exact course offerings and schedule:
      -- 40005A: First Look Clinic: Windows Server 2012 - June 8, 2012
      -- 40006A: Hands On Lab: Windows Server 2012 - June 25, 2012
      -- 20410A: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 - August 3, 2012 (maps to MCSA Exam 70-410)
      -- 20417A: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 - August 3, 2012 (maps to Upgrade Exam 70-417)
    • The new MCSE: Server Infrastructure and MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certifications support key server and cloud technology solutions built on the Windows Server 2012 platform.

     Are you as excited about all this as we are? Don't forget to request AND redeem your 2-for-1 exam voucher offer by June 30, 2012 so you can use your freebie toward one of these Windows Server 2012 exams!

     

  • We had the pleasure of featuring our Psychometrician Liberty Munson on two tweetchats this week! For each one-hour chat, she was the voice behind @MSLearning. Our Twitter followers asked many great questions about certifications and exams. Liberty shared fascinating, behind-the-scenes facts about our exam development process, and also offered exam prep tips. Missed the tweetchats? We've got you covered. Simply replay them below and take notes. (Did you spot the picture of her dog Zenith?)

    And... Liberty has joined the 21st century and started her own Twitter account! You can follow her @LibertyMunson, and chat her up about work, reading, outdoor adventures, etc.

    This week's tweetchats were inspired by our community's wonderful responses to the Ask a Certification Expert (ACE) video series. You can find the entire playlist here. Subscribe to our channel while you're there because more new videos are coming! Got a question you want to have answered in an ACE video? Post it in a comment below, and you just might get an answer + a shout out in our next video!

    Replay of the May 16 session:

    Replay of the May 17 session:

     

  • *** Updated with FREE beta exam info below! ***

    For Microsoft Learning and our community of Microsoft Certified Professionals, TechEd is definitely among the most important and exciting events of the year. This year, TechEd North America is taking place from June 11 to 14 in Orlando, Florida!

    Our own Melissa Bathum recently sat down with the Countdown Show guys Rick and Joey at Channel 9 to talk about certification related resources at the conference, as well as on-site exam opportunities. (FREE private cloud exams! Comfy bean bag chairs in the certification lounge!) If you're attending, be sure to use your schedule builder, reserve time to learn about what's new in certification and get certified right there!

    Watch the video. Get all the details below or read about certification at TechEd North Amerca's website.

    Follow @MSLearning and @TechEd_NA on Twitter. The official event hashtag is #msTechEd.

    Free Private Cloud Exams | Register for exams

    The following Private Cloud certification exams, which are part of the required exam path to earn Microsoft Certification Solutions Expert for the Private Cloud (MSCE: Private Cloud), will be offered at no cost to TechEd attendees who take the exam on-site:

    • Exam 70-246 | Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
    • Exam 70-247 | Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

     

    30% Exam Discounts | Register for exams

    We are excited to offer a 30% discount on the following Microsoft Certification Exams on-site at TechEd:

    • Exam 70-243 | Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
    • Exam 70-400 | Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuring
    • Exam 70-461 | Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
    • Exam 70-583 | Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications
    • Exam 70-640 | Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
    • Exam 70-642 | Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
    • Exam 70-646 | Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator
    • Exam 70-659 | Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization

     

    50% Master Exam Discounts | Register for exams

    For the first time, we are offering a $250 savings on the following Microsoft Certified Master Exams at TechEd:

    • Exam 88-970 | SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master: Knowledge Exam
    • Exam 88-974 | Microsoft Certified Master: Exchange Server 2010, Knowledge Exam

     

    On-Site Exam Cram Sessions

    • Exam Cram Sessions

      Get ready for your next certification test with these interactive study groups led by MCT Ambassadors on-site at TechEd. Find Exam Cram sessions on the following Microsoft Certification Exams in the Content Catalog.


      • Exam 70-243: Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
      • Exam 70-321 and Exam 70-323: Deploying Office 365
      • Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
      • Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
      • Exam 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
      • Exam 70-573: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development
      • Exam 70-599: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Applications
      • Exam 70-640: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
      • Exam 70-642: Windows Server 2008 R2 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
      • Exam 70-643: Windows Server 2008 R2 Application Infrastructure, Configuring
      • Exam 70-659 and Exam 70-693: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization
      • Exam 70-662 and Exam 70-663: Exchange Server 2010, Configuring
      • Exam 70-664 and Exam 70-665: Lync Server 2010
      • Exam 70-667 and Exam 70-668: SharePoint Server 2010
      • Exam 70-680: Windows 7

    FREE Beta Exams | Register for exams

    • Exam 71-410 | Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

    The first exam necessary to achieve your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 certification, which is your pre-requisite to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Server Infrastructure and MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure. Learn more about the MCSE certifications

    • Exam 71-687 | Configuring Windows 8

    The first exam necessary to achieve your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows 8 certification. (NOTE: if you are already an Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Enterprise Desktop Administrator or MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician certification, you will want to wait for the upgrade exam that will be available at a later date)

    • Exam 71-480 | Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

    Candidates for the 71-480 exam will prove their experience with HTML in an object-oriented, event-driven programming model and working with data and flow with JavaScript. Additionally knowledge of the HTML5 elements, APIs, document structure, and controls as well as using CSS3 to style and create a flexible and adaptive content layout and UI. This exam counts towards the new MCSD: Windows Metro Style Apps certification. Learn more about the MCSD certifications

    The Study Hall

    Not sure you’re ready for that exam yet? Come over to The Study Hall, your dedicated quiet space, where you will have the ability to take a free Practice Test or try out free e-Learning on one of over 80 computer workstations - MCT Ambassadors will be standing by to guide you through your certification preparations.

     

    Microsoft Learning Booth and Certification Lounge

    We know you will have questions about the certification process, and we’re here to answer them! Located in the Connect Zone on the show floor, you’ll find product specialists and MCT Ambassadors, ready to help you find the certification path that's right for you.

  • We came across two great videos made by Microsoft Certified Trainers, in which they both share their take on the new MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) and explain what the changes mean to MCITP. We (Microsoft Learning) made the announcement, but it takes Microsoft Certified Trainers to really break it down for you. Watch and listen to both as they're two very different styles but equally informative.

    Thank you to Doug Bassett and Michael Murphy for the videos and messages, and hat tip to Chris Avis (we found Michael's video via Chris' blog).