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It’s Official: Microsoft Retires Dozens of Exams. We’ve Got The List.

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  retiring exams, 	  microsoft,  it certification examsThere have been talks and rumors about Microsoft planning to retire a number of exams this year. Well, now we have an official confirmation, just released on the Microsoft Learning official blog.

As expected, Microsoft plans to retire all Microsoft Dynamics MCTS and MCITP certifications by December 31, 2014. Yet, it’s not only Dynamics area affected by the changes, as there are also other areas where some certification exams are about to be retired.

Before you go to the list, let us point out that the list is vast, including, for example, the coveted Windows Phone Applications exam – with all the current Windows phone popularity and hype. Does this mean Microsoft minimized its certification program? Of course not, so don’t freak out. As the technology changes and advances, it makes sense that the leading vendor makes adjustments to its certification program and revamps some things. Let’s take a look at the list, and in our next posts, we’ll cover the options of what you should do instead of these retiring exams.

Area: Microsoft Dynamics

 MB7-838 NAV 2009 Installation & Configuration Retiring on 6/30/2014
MB7-839 NAV 2009 Core Setup and Finance Retiring on 6/30/2014
MB7-840 NAV 2009 C/SIDE Introduction Retiring on 6/30/2014
MB7-841 NAV 2009 C/SIDE Solution Development Retiring on 6/30/2014
MB7-842 NAV 2009 Trade & Inventory Retiring on 6/30/2014
MB7-843 NAV 2009 Warehouse Management Retiring on 6/30/2014
MB7-846 NAV 2009 Relationship Management Retiring on 6/30/2014
MB7-848 NAV 2009 Service Management Retiring on 6/30/2014
MB7-849 NAV 2009 Manufacturing Retiring on 6/30/2014
MB7-849 NAV 2009-Produktion (Danish) Retiring on 6/30/2014
MB7-849 NAV 2009-Produktion (German) Retiring on 6/30/2014
MB5-845 POS 2009 Retiring on 12/31/2014
MB5-537 Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System 2.0 Store Operations Retiring on 12/31/2014
MB5-538 Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System 2.0 Headquarters Retiring on 12/31/2014

 

Area: Visual Studio

70-506: TS: Silverlight 4, Development Retiring on 7/31/2014
70-512: TS: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, Administration Retiring on 7/31/2014
70-521: Upgrade: Transition your MCPD .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Dev Skills to MCPD .NET 4.0 Windows App Dev Retiring on 7/31/2014
70-523: Upgrade: Transition Your MCPD .NET Framework 3.5 Web Dev Skills to MCPD .NET Framework 4 Web Dev Retiring on 7/31/2014
98-362: Windows Development Fundamentals Retiring on 7/31/2014
98-373: Mobile Development Fundamentals Retiring on 7/31/2014

Area: Volume Licensing:

70-671: TS: Designing and Providing Volume Licensing Solutions to Small and Medium Orgs Retiring on 1/31/2015
70-672: TS: Designing and Providing Volume Licensing Solutions to Large Organizations Retiring on 1/31/2015

Area: Windows

70-682: Pro: Upgrading to Windows 7 MCITP Enterprise Desktop Support Technician Retiring on 7/31/2014
70-684: OEM Reseller Retiring on 7/31/2014

Area: Windows Azure

70-583: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications Retiring on 7/31/2014

Area: Windows Embedded

70-582: TS: Windows Embedded Standard 7 for Developers Retiring on 7/31/2014

Area: Windows Phone:

70-599: Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Phone Applications Retiring on 9/30/2014

So… do these changes affect your certification plans for 2014? Do you know what you’re going to do? Stay tuned as we explore alternative options in our upcoming blog posts.

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