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October 25, 2010  1:11 PM

Please help me to help you if you need cert/career advice

Posted by: Ed Tittel
7 questions for effective career or certification advice, how to ask me for career or certification help and input, IT career planning

At least half a dozen times per month, I get e-mail, field postings, or otherwise receive queries from people seeking career and/or certification advice. Way, way back in August 2008 I wrote a blog posting here entitled...

July 12, 2010  9:27 PM

Windows 7 SP1 Beta Released Today

Posted by: Ed Tittel
2010, link to Windows 7 SP1 beta at TechNet, Windows 7 SP1 beta released July 12

The TechNet Evaluation Center released the combined Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 beta package today. Check out this warning that advises end users to steer clear: [caption id="attachment_830"...

July 12, 2010  9:09 PM

MS Ups Its SharePoint Cert Coverage

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Microsoft SharePoint certifications, new SharePoint Exams for MCTS and MCITP programs

As of today (July 12, 2010), Microsoft has 4 more new SharePoint exams on its slate, two each that count toward Technical Specialist (MCTS) and IT Professional (MCITP) credentials:

June 11, 2010  4:41 PM

The Once and Future/Current MOS

Posted by: Ed Tittel
MCAS reverts to MOS, Microsoft Office Specialist certification, MOS certification, MS certification

MOS stands for MIcrosoft Office Specialist and is a family of certifications from Microsoft Learning that deals with all the major office components — namely, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access...

May 28, 2010  7:33 PM

New Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Available

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Win7 Upgrade Advisor updated, Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

I was just poking around in the MS Download Center, and I discovered that a new version (2.0.4000.0) of the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor has been available...

May 13, 2010  1:21 PM

Architect Cert Landscape Undergoes Sea Change

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Microsoft drops vendor-neutral software architecture certifications, Microsoft provides support and funding to software architecture crednetials from The Open Group and IASA, Microsoft reshapes MCA program

Back in 2005, Microsoft was one of the first companies or organizations to introduce a software architecture certification — in this case, the Microsoft Certified Architect or MCA. With a resurgence of vendor-neutral architect credentials like those from The Open Group and the International...

May 12, 2010  2:51 PM

Microsoft Learning Goes Vets One Better

Posted by: Ed Tittel
$2M cash + $6 M in products = MS veteran program, Microsoft Elevate America initiative, MS offers veterans support

Back in March 2010, Microsoft announced a special Veteran's intiative called Elevate America to provide technology skills and related resources for returning military...

April 19, 2010  9:23 PM

Here comes a new MS Cert program

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Microsoft Certified Technology Associate (MCTA), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), new entry-level MS credential, new MS certification

Get ready for a new Microsoft certification program, aimed to sit between various single- or dual-exam CompTIA credentials and more advanced Microsoft credentials like the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP). The program is going to...

March 26, 2010  3:17 PM

Microsoft Learning Catalog Gets a Facelift

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Microsoft Learning, Microsoft Learning Catalog, Microsoft Learning Catalog reworked, new Microsoft Learning catalog

Thanks to a warning e-mail from Wag-Ed flack Heather Vaughan (and I'm not using that term in a perjorative sense, she's great to work with and very pro-active) I just took a look at the new and improved Microsoft Learning site, which now revolves around a re-imagined

March 3, 2010  3:20 PM

A few faint glimmers of hope, employment-wise

Posted by: Ed Tittel
2010 employment situation, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment, March 2010 employment situation

This morning on NPR I heard two faint glimmers of hope on the employment front. First a recent study of planned layoffs by executive placement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas shows that those numbers are down to their lowest levels in four years. And second, a recent report on job losses...

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