Microsoft is going to accommodate the many changes to the UI and APIs that the transition from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 (and Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2012 R2) will bring by doing an “in-place” updates to many of its training courses and IT certification exams. By in-place update, I mean that MS will revise the questions for these exams to reflect new capabilities in Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 without actually changing the exam numbers for the certification credentials affected thereby. In addition to the Windows 8 focused exams 70-687 and 70-688 for MCSA: Windows 8, this affects not only the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 exams (70-410, 70-411, and 70-412), but also MCSE exams (most notably, 70-413 and 70-414 for MCSE: Server Infrastructure, but also 70-415 and 70-416 for MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure, and 70-246 and 70-247 for MCSE: Private Cloud as well).
But wait: there’s more!!!
Looks like the HTML5 and CSS3 content for the Microsoft Virtual Academy training will also get some rework to accommodate changes in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, too.
Learn how the new Windows 8.1 features can make your apps richer and more integrated by taking these two half-day courses, taught by two Microsoft Technical Evangelists with a passion for the technology: Jeremy Foster (@codefoster) and Michael Palermo (@palermo4).
The refresh course is called Windows Store Apps with HTML5 Refresh JumpStart (registration link), and runs all day (9AM – 5 PM PST/UCT -08:00) on August 22. Those developers who are interested in keeping up with changes to the Modern UI and Windows Store apps in Windows 8.1 will definitely want to attend (or stay tuned to blog postings to be informed when recordings of the live sessions are made available, which usually happens 30-45 days after the live training event occurs).