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Windows Blue: Microsofts plan to release a new version of Windows every year
Way back in August, three months before the release of Windows 8, we learnt about the existence of a project at Microsoft codenamed Blue. At the time it wasnt clear whether this was Windows 9, or some kind of interim update/service pack for Windows 8. Now, if unnamed sources are to be believed, Windows Blue is both of those things: a major update to Windows 8, and also the beginning of a major shift that will result in a major release of Windows every 12 months just like Apples OS X.
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CompTIA Looking for Digital Information Management Pros for Beta Exam
CompTIA is looking for digital information management professionals to participate in a beta exam of the updated CompTIA CDIA+ certification.
IT professionals can take the test for free and will be certified if they pass but will not get their scores until the new exam version is released in 2013.
Beta testing is one of the final steps in the CompTIA exam development process. Beta testers take a version of the exam with more questions than will be on the final exam. CompTIA uses beta tester answers and comments to evaluate which questions most accurately predict technical competence and knowledge in each test area.
New CompTIA A+ 800 Series Exams Reflects Change in Entry-Level IT Roles
CompTIA launches the CompTIA A+ 800 exam series, which adds performance-based questions, new objectives for mobile devices and virtualization, and an increased emphasis on troubleshooting. The changes reflect new demands being placed on the entry-level IT technician, who must now help integrate and manage computer networks interfacing with a wide range of devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
The current CompTIA A+ 701 and 702 exams, which focus on assembling, fixing and troubleshooting computers and feature only multiple-choice questions, will be available until August 31, 2013. IT professionals can take either series to become CompTIA A+ certified.
Microsoft Extends Windows Server 2008 Support to 2015
According to Fagerness, Windows Server 2008 will transition from Mainstream Support to Extended Support on January 15, 2015. The OS was originally scheduled to transition to Extended Support on July 9, 2013, but the modifications to the expiration dates are due to the launch of Windows Server 2012, granting customers an additional 2 years to plan their migration to the newer Server release.
"Organizations that are currently running ... Windows Server 2008 should note the new dates when Mainstream Support and Extended Support end. Customers who are interested in migrating to Windows Server 2012 can contact a Sales Account Manager or a Technical Account Manager," Fagerness said in the September issue of Microsoft's Support Lifestyle Quarterly Lifeline.
CompTIA to Increase Exam Security
In order to enhance certification exam security, CompTIA will require all test-takers worldwide to have their photo taken and signature recorded as part of the admissions process at all Pearson VUE testing centers. These changes will take effect December 1, 2012.
CompTIA believes these new measures will decrease the likelihood of test item theft, proxy testing and other forms of exam fraud.
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CompTIA to Retire CTP+ Certification Exam
Due to changes in the information technology industry, CompTIA will retire the CompTIA CTP+ certification exam at the end of this year.
The CompTIA CTP+ certification exam, launched in 2010, covers the topic of convergent technologies, more commonly referred to today as unified communications. Since the exam launch, new forms of technology have developed, causing changes in the way business is conducted. These technologies include new mobile technologies and business models such as cloud computing. As a result of these emerging technologies, the standards for measuring and testing a unified communications professional have changed and will continue to change as even newer technologies are introduced.
The last day to take the CompTIA CTP+ certification exam will be Dec. 31, 2012. The exam is available only at Pearson VUE testing centers. Those who planned on taking this exam before the end of the year...
New CIW Web Foundations Associate Certification
The CIW Web Foundations Associate certification exams will be updated and available in December this year. All changes are being made to reflect the latest developments in Web technologies. The new versions of these exams will be available in December 1, 2012 while the current exams remain available for all candidates preparing for them.
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UKI Announces Social Media Security Professional Certification
Ultimate Knowledge Institute (UKI) and Examplify, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CompTIA, have partnered to develop the industry's first social media security exam and certification. The new Social Media Security Professional (SMSP) certification designates professionals with the knowledge and skills to safeguard sensitive information and prevent potentially devastating security breaches emerging from social media channels.
The SMSP beta exam, powered by CompTIA, will be available starting Sept. 17. Candidates can prepare for the exam by attending an official UKI training course, or they can opt to challenge the exam without official training.
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VMware virtual machines targeted by "Crisis" espionage malware
Researchers have uncovered a single espionage malware attack that is capable of infecting multiple platforms, including computers running the Windows and Mac OS X operating systems, Windows-powered mobile devices, and VMware virtual machines.
When Ars first chronicled the trojan backdoor known as Morcut last month, we reported that it turned Macs into remote spying devices that were capable of intercepting e-mail and instant-message communications and using internal microphones and cameras to spy on people in the vicinity of the machine.
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