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Looks like the Windows 8 client exams are being retired...

Discussion in 'Windows Vista / 7 / 8 Client Exams' started by Pseudonym, Aug 4, 2015.

  1. Pseudonym

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    https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/retired-certification-exams.aspx

    Strange one.. Might have to pick up the pace on my Win7 in order to do the upgrade exam before then.

    Edit: Looks like Server 2012 exams are being retired too! That's even stranger.
     
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  2. Sparky
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    Microsoft don’t hang around these days when retiring exams it seems. When I was studying for the Exchange 2007 exam they retired it but you could still do Server 2003 exams at the time.
     
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  3. Pseudonym

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    Yeah.. I just think it's odd that the win7 client exams are still going, plus server 2012 is widely used.
     
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    I remember a member once saying MS exams are nothing more than a marketing campaign.. At the time I didn't really get what he meant, but now I really do.
     
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  6. sheepluv

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    yeh they have the free second shot going again now, until january so that will boost takers again.
    I think its a few things (i think been discussed here before):
    If you cert in ms stuff you help advertise the product,
    more likely to set it up (and properly helping the products rep) and recommend it in a company,
    spend more time learning down their track.
    They no doubt make $$ out of the cert cost too.

    however I think the syllabus is very useful to learn ms stuff, whether you want to do the exam is something else.

    i think a couple of the base OS is good (like mcsa), just not go too mad with cert exams (unless the company is paying!)
     
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    think i can understand this one as most companies won't migrate to Windows 8 either sticking with Windows 7 or going straight to Windows 10

    So keeping Windows 7 and 10 Certs would probably be better
     
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    My first thought was they are retiring what they don't earn on anymore... Definitely win 8 client exam wasn't particularly popular.
     
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    I get the impression they don't care what they earn on cert takers, it's peanuts to them, it's more about shaping the landscape, cajoling you down a certain technology path
     
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  11. crazy horse

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    Yeah, I totally agree with this. My recent interactions with Microsoft have all left me with a similar impression.
     
  12. sheepluv

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    no ms really love open source and are really listening to customers now! Especially since windows 10!

    lol sorry.
     
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    edit: see below
     

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  16. manc

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    Gutted to hear this, passed 70-687 last month and just bought the ref book and pluralsight videos for 70-688! Better pull my finger out and get 70-688 done!
     
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    mcse server infrastructure for 2012 ok to. Just the desktop infrastructure track
     
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  18. RichyV

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    There was never going to be much life in the Windows 8 certs, from what I could see - the take-up for businesses was just too low.
    Hopefully, with all the messing around M$ have done over the last 3 or 4 years, things may start to settle down, that's if they are truly aiming for an 'Apple' approach and sticking with Windows 10 (plus increments) for the next several years...
     
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