Between an e-mail from Shanti Barnes (MS Learning PR person extraordinaire) last Tuesday, June 5, and the June 7 MCP Weekly Flash that hit my inbox two days later, the IT certification landscape has been rockin’ with lots of major new outcroppings in its Microsoft parts.
The Tuesday e-mail introduced me to the first credential in the MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solution Developer) category. As you’d expect, it’s something Windows 8 related, given the immanent release of that new operating system — or more specifically, its new Metro user interface and development direction.
As the tile tells the name of this new credential is MCSD: Windows Metro Style Apps. It requires 3 exams to earn:
- MCSA: MCSA: Windows Server 2012 (now alongside MCSA: Windows Server 2008 and MCSA: SQL Server 2012)
- MCSE: MCSE: Server Infrastructure (2012) and MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure (2012 & Win8) (now alongside three SQL Server 2012 credentials already announced and, of course, the MSCE: Private Cloud credential that kicked the whole “new MCSA/E/D” program off a few months back.