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New MCP Profile Page
Microsoft have now made it easier for you to show off your skills to potential clients and employers through your Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Profile Page.
The new MCP Profile Page replaces the old "virtual business card" system with a modern, customisable on-line page. You can create your public profile to highlight your skills but maintain your privacy with granular control over exactly how much info you share. The new MCP Profile Page integrates with LinkedIn, Twitter, Google Plus, and other social media sites for one-click sharing of your Microsoft Certifications.
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Lync 2013 Exams Extended to November 2015
The retirement date of Microsoft Lync 2013 exams have been moved to November 30, 2015. This is good news for those who want to achieve Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Communication in this calendar year.
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Lync 2013 Exams are Retiring in July 2015
Everything Lync is becoming Skype for Business. Lync exams are scheduled for retirement in July 2015, and will be replaced by Skype for Business exams. The new Skype for Business exams will count toward MCSE: Communication certification like the Lync 2013 exams currently do.
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Cisco Introduces New Cloud and IoT Certifications
To help enterprise professionals develop the key skills needed as a result of the Internet of Everything (IoE), Cisco have announced new IoT and Cloud-focused career certifications.
Available globally, the new Cisco® Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications focuses on the ability to connect the unconnected, automate and orchestrate services, and provide the infrastructure to enable real-time data analytics in a pervasive manner. With the growing demand for these skills, the new Cisco IoT and Cloud certifications will prove invaluable in the development of tomorrow’s workforce, helping individuals and their employers deliver business outcomes that equate to customer success.
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Last call for Microsoft's Second Shot
When opportunity knocks, be ready to act. And when that opportunity is a Second Shot at passing a Microsoft Certification Exam, you need to act twice as fast!
The Second Shot offer provides a free retake exam if you do not pass your exam the first time. If you purchase a Microsoft Certification exam pack using the Second Shot offer, you will have one (and only one) retake for each of the exams in the exam pack. With Second Shot, if you fail your exam the first time you take it, you can use the same voucher for your retake exam.
Take any applicable Microsoft Certification exam before May 31, 2015 and, if you don't pass, you'll have 30 days to schedule a "retake" of the exam for free.
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PMP® exam is changing in 2015
In order to stay relevant alongside the changing demands of project management professionals the PMP exam is being updated, on 1st November 2015 the PMP exam will be changing. The five domains of practice for the PMP remain the same. However, tasks within each domain have been modified, added, or removed.
To view all the changes in detail, see the Exam Content Outline
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Microsoft to stop producing Windows versions
Windows 10 is going to be the last major revision of the operating system.
Jerry Nixon, a Microsoft development executive, said in a conference speech this week that Windows 10 would be the "last version" of the dominant desktop software.
His comments were echoed by Microsoft which said it would update Windows in future in an "ongoing manner".
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Introducing Recertification Through Microsoft Virtual Academy
We know you have a lot of demands on your time, so we're rolling out a new option to help you keep your certifications current. Now, you can recertify by completing a prescribed path of Microsoft Virtual Academy courses.
Although you can still choose to recertify by passing a recertification exam, recertifying with Microsoft Virtual Academy provides a great way to both maintain your current skills and catch up on advances in your area of expertise, all on your own schedule.
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Migration Paths from VMware v5 Certification to v6
Upgrading from VCP5 to VCP6: Only one exam is required. There is no course attendance required (but it is recommended). There will be five VCP6 migration options across the four technology tracks: Data Center Virtualization (DCV), Desktop and Mobility
Upgrading to VCIX6: For anyone certified as a VCAP5 one exam is required. There is no course attendance required (but it is recommended).
Upgrading to VCDX6: If you hold a VCDX5, you will only need to take the VCIX6 Design exam in the corresponding solution track.
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