Some recent issue of the MCP Flash newsletter must have shared this news, but I’ll be darned if I can find the actual word that the exams for the Microsoft Certified Desktop Technician (MCDST) would be retired on March 31, 2011 anywhere. You can see the “exam retires” news for both 70-271 and 70-272 on the MCDST page and the Discontinued Exams list from MS Certification Exam Development page also indicates that the MCITP upgrade exam to the MCITP (70-621) will be retiring on 3/31/2011 as well.
Thanks to Anne Martinez for bringing this to my attention in her latest “Certification Watch” newsletter (Volume 13 #14). Clearly, this means it’s time for those supporting Vista or XP to move ahead to Windows 7, and to start targeting relevant MCTS and MCITP certifications instead. Don’t delay: jump on the new platform now!