Microsoft Deletes Round of Vista Certification Beta Testing

Late last year and early this year, Microsoft offered its 70-621, 70-622 and 70-623 Vista exams as beta tests. Invitees were told, by passing 70-621, they would upgrade from the Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) Certification to Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Support Technician. By passing 70-622, they would complete requirements for MCITP: Enterprise and by passing 70-623, they would complete requirements for Microsoft Desktop Support: Consumer, provided they also passed 70-620 TS: Microsoft Windows Vista, Configuring.

Beta tests 70-621 and 70-622 were completed, and 70-623 apparently was canceled. Meanwhile, testers were awaiting their scores for 70-621 and 70-622.

Recently, though, in discussing the situation on her Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) blog, Trika Harms zum Spreckel, Microsoft Learning marketing communications team member, said Microsoft has stated the release dates of these exams “will be delayed in order to ensure that we have adequate application support coverage for these certifications.”

In the meantime, Microsoft will be adding additional content to the exams, and beta testers are being asked to retake the exams in mid- to late March — passing the original round of beta testing is now irrelevant to any upgrading of certification, and scores for those tests likely will not even be released.

“The previous beta exams for 70-621 and 70-622 are no longer valid, as we have added content,” said Rob Linsky, Microsoft Learning Group program manager. “However, customers will have gained solid knowledge of the content provided up to this point.”

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