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Is it wise to skip MCSA windows 8?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista / 7 / 8 Client Exams' started by Juelz, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. Juelz

    Juelz Gigabyte Poster

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    I'm along way of doing an MCSA but curious to know what your opinions are on whether MCSA Windows 8 is worth the hassle as Windows 7 seems to be the main choice for companies and home users, and in all honesty now Windows 10 is on the horizon I dont see Windows 8 being accepted anymore than it already is; havent met anyone who says Windows 8 is a great OS, admittedly Im not the biggest fan of it either lol.. Also I was wondering how long you think MCSA Windows 7 will be available in regards to retirement.

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    Windows 8 is still used in a lot of places and shares a lot of features with Windows 2012 so I'd say its definitely worth pursuing still. I would say if you've spent money and time on training materials, carry on. How far into this MCSA are you? An MCSA in any technology is still a cracking achievement and will give you a good buzz when you get the certificate
     
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  3. Theprof

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    Honestly, like you said, Windows 8 was not adapted as well as Windows 7 and with Windows 10 "potentially" being released this year... I am not so sure going for MCSA on Windows 8 would prove to be that valuable unless you're in the EUC market and planning on doing lots of migrations to Windows 8.

    I personally wouldn't bother.. but hey, having Windows 8 knowledge is never a bad thing. Just that you might not use it as much.
     
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  4. Juelz

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    Thanks pretty much what I concluded really so I guess I will put it off and either do MCSA 7 or wait to see how things pan out with Windows 10. I do think Windows 10 will do well
     
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  5. Theprof

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    I think so too. Windows 10 seems to be on the right track.
     
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    I've not had a minute to look at or read anything about Windows 10. I feel OS's are being released too quickly myself...
     
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  7. Juelz

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    I agree, I think MS realised that Windows 8 wasnt a hit so are releasing 10 in an attempt to win back the crowd.. I honestly think windows 7 provides everything we need right now. I havent had a chance to play with windows 10 or really look into it much but from what I've seen theres no real need for a new OS.
     
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    XP all over again Win7 isnt it. People will hold on till the bitter end because it just works.
     
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    I think Windows 10 will be good... It will be what Windows 7 is today in terms of main stream OS adoption. But at the same time, because the release of new operating systems is happening so fast, the whole idea of getting certified needs to be re-evaluated. In the past, it would take a few years for an OS to be released, today it takes less than 2 years. Competition is strong, Apple is doing some good stuff with their OS X, Linux community is doing good stuff too.
     
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  10. jk2447

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    Exactly mate, are we expected to re-certify in Windows technology every two years? I think my MCSE took me 18 months (I think feels like a lifetime ago). There's no way I'm going to perpetually re-certify like that.
     
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  11. Juelz

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    Is Linux used by alot of companies? I have never seen Linux being used on a computer in my life, I've played with the OS briefly as I ran it as a virtual OS awhile back out of curiousity.
     
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  12. SimonD

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    Depends on your company I guess, mine is more linux than Windows, infact it's got more MacOS than Windows would be my guess (over 1500 staff, more than half of them are devs and they develop mostly on linux \ MacOS).

    From the server perspective I know we have more Linux than Windows, 3000 to 500.

    Just because you haven't seen it doesn't mean it's not being used.
     
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    Agreed!
     
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    Same, servers - tons, workstations - likewise yet to see even one.
     
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    Personally, if you're supporting desktops in business, I'd say definitely pursue Win7 certification - it will around for sometime to come...
    Unless Win8 is being used by someone you work for or want to work for, it's probably a hiding to nowhere.
    Win10, client-wise, will be the next needed cert.
    Of course, all IMHO... :)
     
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  16. Juelz

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    Do you think there will be an upgrade path from MCSA W7 to MCSA W10?
     
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  17. Theprof

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    Not sure, from what I remember, it's usually one version difference... but that might change.

    Just trying to think the upgrade paths to Windows Server 2012 and the only upgrade paths available are from Windows Server 2008 it seems.
     
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    Hmmm that could potentially be a game changer then.. if I get an MCSA W8 I could potentially upgrade to 10 though how well10 will do is yet to determined.
     
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    We are currently using Windows 7, and until recently we had Users on XP.
    We won't be changing our OS anytime soon, hence why I am looking at the MCITP Windows 7.

    As someone mentioned earlier, I also see Windows 7 being in the XP bracket, in that people won't change for the foreseeable future as its sturdy, reliable and does the job.

    Outside of the work environment I have a lot of friends that are using Windows 8 with their newly purchased Laptops.

    Have taken a look at Windows 10 and it seems OK in all honesty. More than Happy with Windows 7 for the time being though.
     
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  20. SimonD

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    We are a Windows 7 house, no plans to move to Windows 8 at the moment that I know of.
     
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