Microsoft Offers New Promotions, Developer Resources

Microsoft has launched three promotions for prospective certification candidates and released new skilling tools for developers, said Al Valvano, business and product strategy group manager for Microsoft Learning’s certification and assessment operations.

The offers for IT professionals seeking Microsoft certifications include two-for-one Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exams (#70-270), free access to an eReference Library for Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) recipients and free training for Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) program participants. All offers expire on May 31, 2005.

“For the MCP ‘study buddy’ promotion, we definitely wanted a broad campaign, but the idea here was that people tend to be more motivated and tend to make more progress when they’re working with their peers,” Valvano said. “This was an interesting way for us to try and programize that with an offer that would allow you and a peer of yours at your office or school—or even a friend—to both reap the benefits of walking down the certification path.” MCP candidates also will have access to a free online training course.

For those who obtain the MCSA Windows Server 2003 credential before May 31, Microsoft will provide free usage of online resources, including four reference books on MCSA skills and knowledge, and five on MCSE job functions, for IT pros looking to upgrade their certification. “It’s an online electronic library of training and self-paced material that’s appropriate for the MCSA credential,” Valvano said. “It’s a year of access to those assets, and I believe the…



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