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Upcoming SharePoint 2010 Exams; UC Exam Goes Gold

SharePoint 2010 is out, at least for the TechNet and MSDN subscriber crowd. For the rest of you, it hits the virtual software shelf next week at an official virtual launch party. That's my long-winded way of telling you to expect the SharePoint 2010 beta exams, details (well, some info) of which are posted on the Born2Learn blog. Four exams are in the development process at the moment, listed here with their beta prefixes:

  • 71-573 TS: SharePoint 2010, Application Development
  • 71-576 PRO: Designing and Developing SharePoint 2010 Applications
  • 71-667 TS: SharePoint 2010, Configuring
  • 71-668 PRO: SharePoint 2010, Administrator

Check out the Born2Learn link above to find out more about getting the beta codes as soon as they're available.

I'm still waiting to hear from IT pros to tell me two things about SharePoint. First, who's planning on taking these exams, either in beta or the live versions? Second, what are you using SharePoint for? Answers to the second question are preferred over the first.

I offer this side note, because it applies only to the truly serious unified communications specialists, of which I'm going to speculate there are perhaps only five of you worldwide: The oddly numbered Exam 74-404 Office Communications Server 2007 R2, UC Voice Specialization just went live. If you're among the 10, give us a holler and tell us a little about the extent of your UC implementations. (What's with the odd number? It's a Microsoft Partner competency-related exam.)

Here's another itty bitty tidbit: The Infrastructure and the Solutions Architect track of the Microsoft Certified Architect was discontinued as of May 1. Those who've earned the title remain MCAs, but Microsoft is recommending those who want to continue showing expertise in line with the certification that they seek out the International Association of Software Architects' Certified IT Architect-Professional, or check out Association of Open Group Enterprise Architects program. Fees are associated with both, and Microsoft will fund limited memberships with the program of the MCA's choosing (no, not both).

See the FAQ for more, if you must. How's that for a note that has interest among even fewer of you than the UC exam piece I just mentioned?

Posted by Michael Domingo on 05/06/2010 at 11:59 AM

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