Until last week, Microsoft had slated the entire collection of its Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework exams for retirement in mid-summer of this year, on July 31, 2013. But in response to what must have been a large number of requests from developers in process to certs based on those exams, MS made the following statement in a Born to Learn blog post dated February 8 entitled Update on Visual Studio 2010 Exam Retirement Dates: “The following Visual Studio 2010 exams that were previously slated to retire on July 31, 2013 will now remain available for all candidates until further notice. No new retirement date has been set.” (The emphasis is Microsoft’s, not mine.) Here’s the list of exams that have been called out of pending retirement:
- 70-511: TS: Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
- 70-513: TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
- 70-515: TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
- 70-516: TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
- 70-518: Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4
- 70-519: Pro: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4
In a way, I’m glad to see this because MS has traditionally supported both the current and immediately preceding versions of Visual Studio in its developer credentials. Sure, I can understand why they want to propel developers forward into the new VS 2012 based MCSD credential. But with some development efforts (particularly the kind of in-house custom development that Visual Studio often seeks to enable and support) bound to lag behind new product introductions, it makes sense to keep the prior VS version (and its associated .NET Framework version as well) alive until the next VS and Framework versions hit the streets, probably in 2015 or thereabouts.