News and announcements

Here’s what’s happening in Microsoft training and certification.

Microsoft Office 2016 Step by Step now available from Microsoft Press

(30 November 2015) New from Microsoft Press, this full-colour book (available in print or e-book format) is a quick way to get started with Office 2016. Learn how to be more efficient with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Build powerful workbooks for analysis and reporting, prepare effective presentations, organise your email and format documents for visual impact, plus much more. Jump in wherever you need answers. These helpful lessons and colourful screenshots show you exactly what to do, step by step.

Purchase from any of these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble or independent booksellers.

Get ready for Exam 70-697: Configuring Windows Devices

(16 November 2015) Just released from Microsoft Press, this book can help you prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-697. Get the help you need to demonstrate your real-world mastery of Windows 10 device configuration in the enterprise. Focus on identity management, desktop and device deployment, remote access management and much more.

Purchase from any of these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble or independent booksellers.

Get a hands-on guide to Microsoft Visual C# fundamentals with Visual Studio 2015

(30 October 2015) Microsoft Press has announced the publication of Microsoft Visual C# Step by Step, Eighth Edition, available in both print and e-book form. Expand your expertise and learn the fundamentals of programming, with the latest version of Visual C# with Visual Studio 2015. Experienced software developers, get all the guidance, exercises and code you need to start building responsive, scalable Windows 10 and Universal Windows Platform applications with Visual C#.

Purchase from any of these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble or independent booksellers.

Windows 10 Inside Out now available from Microsoft Press

(22 October 2015) Dive into Windows 10, and focus on its most powerful and innovative features. Get hundreds of timesaving solutions, tips and workarounds. Explore the new Microsoft Edge browser, the personal assistant Cortana, security, the enhanced Start menu and much more, as you discover how the experts tackle essential Windows 10 tasks.

Purchase from any of these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble or independent booksellers.

Explore Microsoft Excel 2016 Step by Step, from Microsoft Press

(14 October 2015) Find out how to get more done quickly with Excel 2016. Set up workbooks and format data for easier viewing. Analyse data by using PivotTables, PivotCharts, scenarios, data tables and Solver. Plus, build data models and use them in business intelligence analyses. Jump in wherever you need answers — brisk lessons and full-colour screen shots show you exactly what to do.

Purchase from any of these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble or independent booksellers.

Microsoft Press releases Microsoft SharePoint Online for Office 365

(24 June 2015) Deliver world-class collaboration capabilities with Microsoft SharePoint Online for Office 365: Administering and configuring for the cloud. Learn to configure and manage SharePoint Online to meet your requirements for functionality, performance and compliance. Buy the book or the e-book, or get both as a package for 60% off the list price from the Microsoft Press Store.

Purchase from any of these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble or independent booksellers.

Salary report shows three Microsoft Certifications in the top 25

(22 June 2015) According to a 2015 Global Knowledge report on the highest-paying certifications, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer made it to the top 15, ranking eleventh, with an average salary of $96,198. The Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Enterprise Administrator certification ranked twenty-first, with an average salary of $92,252, and the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator certification landed twenty-fifth, with an average salary of $87,667.

Microsoft Press offers free System Center e-book

(16 June 2015) Optimise your System Center Operations Manager environment with this specialised guide. Microsoft System Center Data Protection for the Hybrid Cloud focuses on best practices, design concepts, how-to procedures and in-depth technical troubleshooting. Download the guide for free from Microsoft Virtual Academy.

Set your business up in the cloud

(16 June 2015) Grow your business in the cloud with Microsoft Public Cloud Services: Setting up your business in the cloud, from Microsoft Press, available in print or e-book. Explore the high-value services available to help you set up your work environment and look at how to build websites, customise apps and market online.

Purchase from any of these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble or independent booksellers.

Prepare for Exam 70-534, Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

(10 June 2015) Get ready for Exam 70-534, with Exam Ref 70-534: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions, from Microsoft Press. This print offering is also available as a downloadable e-book. Save money when you purchase both together from the Microsoft Press Store. Walk through Microsoft Azure infrastructure, networking, security and storage and data access, along with how to design websites and applications.

Purchase from any of these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble or independent booksellers.

Microsoft Press Guided Tours app gets three new tours

(31 March 2015) The Microsoft Press Guided Tours app for Windows provides insights into new and evolving Microsoft technologies, allowing you to explore technical topics in different ways and to mark up content so that it’s more useful to you. The app was recently updated to include three new tours: Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure; Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript; and Using Microsoft Azure HDInsight. More tours will be available soon.

Discover Microsoft courses on edX

(10 March 2015) Microsoft online development courses, taught by Microsoft experts, are now available through edX, one of the largest and best-known providers of massive open online courses (MOOCs). The first set of courses focuses on cloud and developer technologies and integrates video, audio and screen captures to help provide students around the world with the critical technical skills and knowledge necessary for success.

The Microsoft courses include:

Study reports monetary value of Microsoft Certification

(10 September 2014) In high-growth industries, most hiring companies are looking for candidates with skills in Microsoft technologies. According to an recent IDC study, entry-level employees who hold a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) or Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification can earn $10,000 to $16,000 more (annually) than their peers who aren’t Microsoft-certified.

Free app: Microsoft Training and Certification Guide

(21 February 2014) Use this interactive map to chart your path through Microsoft technical training, exams and certifications. Download the free app from the Windows Store.

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Windows Server First Look Clinic material available

Microsoft Certified Trainers can download instructional material for Windows Server 2012 at the Learning Download Centre.

Recently released exams

  • 70-534: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions
  • MB6-705: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU8 Installation and Configuration
  • MB2-706: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Deployment
  • MB2-707: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Customization and Configuration
  • 70-694: Virtualizing Enterprise Desktops and Apps
  • 70-695: Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps
  • 70-696: Managing Enterprise Devices and Apps
  • 98-368: Mobility and Devices Fundamentals
  • 98-369: Cloud Fundamentals
  • List of all available exams

Recently released courses

  • 10981A: Infrastructure Provisioning with System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • 20346C: Managing Office 365 Identities and Services
  • 20532B: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
  • 10979B: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
  • 55121A: Microsoft Project 2013
  • 10965C: IT Service Management with System Center Service Manager
  • 20694B: Virtualizing Enterprise Desktops and Apps
  • 20533B: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
  • 20696B: Managing Enterprise Devices and Apps using System Center Configuration Manager
  • 20695B: Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps
  • 50255D: Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy