News and announcements

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

Now available: Microsoft courses on edX

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

The Microsoft courses include:

New print and e-book: “Scenario-Focused Engineering: A toolbox for innovation and customer-centricity”

(January 15, 2015) Learn how to blend the art of innovation with the rigor of engineering. Utilizing customer scenarios with an iterative approach to design and delivery can help your team discover and build what your customers actually want. In this book, you discover the proven practices and lessons learned from real-world implementations of this approach, including why delight matters, what it means to be customer-focused, and how to iterate effectively using the Fast Feedback Cycle.

Purchase from any of these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store,, Barnes & Noble, or find a local independent bookseller.

The monetary value of Microsoft Certification

(September 10, 2014) In high-growth industries, most hiring companies are looking for candidates with skills in Microsoft technologies. A recent IDC study has shown that, among entry-level employees, those 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.

Just launched: The Microsoft Press Store

(May 5, 2014) Visit the new Microsoft Press Store website to find printed books, e-books, and online resources. Browse through the latest releases; search by topic, series, or author to find exactly the content you need; or take advantage of special offers.

Free e-book: “Microsoft System Center: Network Virtualization and Cloud Computing”

(March 26, 2014) This brief book identifies key usage and deployment scenarios for cloud computing, to provide deep technical background on the Microsoft software-defined networking (SDN) solution, enabling IT professionals to quickly learn the internals of Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV), how it works from end to end, and where and how it should be used. Download all formats (PDF, Mobi, and ePub).

Free Microsoft training and certification guide app

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

Free “Career and College Readiness” webinar

(January 22, 2014) Attend a virtual event, showcasing the latest best practices technology educators can adopt to effectively guide college and career-minded students, and foster a new generation of innovators in the IT and developer technology fields. Register for free.

Help wanted: millions of cloud-skilled IT workers needed

(December 19, 2012) Millions of cloud-related IT jobs are sitting open and millions more will open up in the next two years due to a shortage in cloud-certified IT workers.

Tech analysts predict widening cloud skills gap for IT

(December 19, 2012) Research projects as many as 7 million new cloud-related IT jobs globally by 2015, with fewer qualified candidates to fill open roles, according to global hiring managers.

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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 Center.

Recently released exams

  • MB6-705: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU8 Installation and Configuration

  • MB2-707: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Customization and Configuration

  • MB2-706: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Deployment

  • 70-696: Managing Enterprise Devices and Apps

  • 70-695: Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps

  • 70-694: Virtualizing Enterprise Desktops and Apps

  • 98-368: Mobility and Devices Fundamentals

  • 98-369: Cloud Fundamentals

  • MB2-704: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Application

  • MB2-708: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Installation

  • MB6-702: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Financials

  • MB6-703: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Trade and Logistics

  • MB6-704: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU8 Development Introduction

  • 70-534: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

  • 70-692: Upgrading Your Windows XP Skills to MCSA Windows 8.1

  • List of all available exams

Recently released courses

  • 20532B: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

  • 10979B: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

  • 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

  • 55108A: Excel PowerPivot DAX in Depth

  • 20246D: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud

  • 20247D: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud

  • 10971B: Storage and High Availability with Windows Server

  • 10974B: Deploying and Migrating Windows Servers

  • 10979A: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

  • 10962B: Advanced Automated Administration with Windows PowerShell

  • 55102B: The 14 SharePoint 2013 Server Collection and Site Templates

  • 55105A: Quick SharePoint 2013 Maintenance for the Part-Time Administrator

  • 55100A: Managing Projects using Microsoft Project 2010 Desktop

  • 55101A: Planning, Deploying, and Managing Microsoft Forefront TMG 2010

  • 55096A: Securing Data on Microsoft SQL Server 2012

  • 55097A: Managing Projects Using Microsoft Project Server 2010

  • 20694B: Virtualizing Enterprise Desktops and Apps

  • 55107A: Managing Projects with Project Server 2013

  • 55103A: Creating and Sharing Interactive Dashboards with PowerPivot, Power View and SharePoint Server

  • 10965B: IT Service Management with System Center Service Manager