In reading over Anne Martinez’ most recent GoCertify Newsletter (1/18/2011), I noticed a small item about upcoming Microsoft exam retirements scheduled for the end of June this year. So I jumped on over to the MS Discontinued Exams page, where this sight blasted me right in the eyes:
I’ve tried not to shink things down so much that you can’t see them, but I did have to reduce my screencap to keep it from totally dominating this blog (it’s still pretty big, though, and if my 58-year-old eyes can read the text, hopefully yours can too). There are 26 exams listed here in total, including some minor, off-the-beaten-track stuff (Connected Home Integrator, Consumer Sales Specialist) but also some important but older stuff related to Windows XP, SQL Server 2005, and older .NET versions.
My gut feel is that Microsoft is cleaning out the old to start making way for the new. What with rumors of the upcoming Windows 8 release now pegged to January 2013 (a scant two years away) with a new server version slated for release at the same time, I’m guessing we’re going to see a whole new exam line-up introduced to fill this void in the Microsoft exam catalog over the next 18 months or so (betas usually surface about six months prior to release, which means we will start seeing Windows 8 and next-gen server stuff in mid-2012).