Oho! Imagine my surprise when I jumped up onto Microsoft’s Born to Learn blog this morning to catch up on a family vacation day yesterday, only to observe this headline there: “Microsoft Certification Study Groups debut on Born to Learn.” And indeed, MS has decided to add study groups organized into major cert topic silos — namely, client, database, developer, and server (as the following screen cap illustrates) — under a brand-new “Study Groups” tab available at the Born to Learn home page.
Microsoft has apparently curated its available online resources and organized them into these topic areas, to make it easier for cert candidates to find stuff. There are also discussion forums and exam prep wikis available, on a per-cert-exam basis, where candidates can raise questions and audit answers, not just from fellow peers chasing the same exams and credentials, but also from Microsoft moderators (usually, this means MCTs and subject matter experts from the user community). Exam preparation wikis also point to general exam prep materials, as well as resources that map to the exam objectives for the relevant certification exam, selected based on feedback from other Microsoft online community members who’ve rated them online. MS also says that “new content is being added on an ongoing basis, so you may want to subscribe to these pages for updates.”
Long story short: if you’re chasing any current Microsoft certs, or have plans to pursue MS certification in the future, you’ll want to check out the new Study Groups tab available through Born to Learn.