MOS World Championship Rocked!

Wendy Johnson (MSL)

Wow. Last week was absolutely inspirational and energizing. A few of us from Microsoft Learning had the opportunity to watch the world's 53 fastest Office power user students compete in the worldwide MOS championship and then celebrate the winners, Olympics style. It started Sunday evening with an opportunity to talk with the four US finalists at a reception. Monday it shifted into high gear as students competed in rounds all day on either the 2003 or 2007 version of Word or Excel.

Monday Takeshi Numoto (CVP, Office) and Jason Bunge (Director, Office Product Mgt) joined us, which added to the excitement.  Takeshi and Jason both sat for one of the new MOS 2010 exams. They observed students taking the exam and mingled with students waiting their turn or that just finished.

Students waiting outside the testing lab sat nervously with their own keyboards in hand - clearly using your own keyboard gives you an edge in a competition where everyone gets nearly perfect scores and completes the exam in 10 minutes.

The awards ceremony Tuesday morning for each of the categories - Word 2003, Excel 2003, Word 2007, and Excel 2007, was worthy of the Olympics setting it took place in (site of the 2002 Winter Olympics). Takeshi assisted on stage as the winners were called, placing bronze, silver, and gold medals around the students' necks. The Utah governor spoke. Photographers made it feel like Oscars night.

I can't wait to see how we top this next year in San Diego. Already plans are underway to include MOS 2010 exams into the mix, as well as considering the addition of PowerPoint.

Media Coverage. There was great coverage of the event, including a summary of each winner. Here are a few links for more information:

  • The competition made its way to Ina Fried's CNet column, complete with great pics
  • Takeshi Numoto blogged about his experience here
  • Canada's Word 2007 champion was spotlighted in global news as well
  • Certiport's press release on the World Champions can be found here

Certiport Global Partner Summit. Simultaneous with the MOS worldwide competition, Certiport held its Global Partner Summit - think Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference on a smaller scale. We had the opportunity to talk with partners from all corners of the world, including representatives from Korea, Japan, Iraq, China, UK, Thailand, New Zealand, Nigeria, Mexico, Brazil, and more. Pablo Bernal presented MTA at a general session, and we used regional breakout sessions to dive deeper into MTA and MOS discussions. Certiport partners are definitely excited about the potential of MTA and MOS 2010 in their markets. It was a great benefit to get a sense from our partners on the challenges and opportunities for our products, and making the personal connections was definitely a plus.

  • Anonymous
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    It's nice to read about Mr. Takeshi's experience. I also have gone through images of the event. Thanks.

  • Ray Kelly
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    All of us at Certiport are delighted to partner with Microsoft on the Worldwide Competition on Microsoft office. It was awesome to see these incredible students in action and to learn some of their stories. These students represented the cream of the crop out of 164,000 entrants in over 50 countries. We are already planning next year's competition and the finals, which will be held in San Diego starting on July 31 2011. Help spread the word! We are also working to add to our testing center network of over 10,000 testing centers to help MTA be an amazing success, and to help MOS continue to be the leading's performance based test. Let us know if you want to jump on the train!

  • Anonymous
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    A HUGE Thank You to Certiport and to Microsoft for making this event a "ONCE IN A LIFETIME" experience for Emily Daubert, from SAIT, the World Wide Winner for Word 2007 from CANADA...............................We have alot to be proud of !  Thanks Again

  • Anonymous
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    Sir,plz Send me Information about Indian MOS