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Microsoft is Retiring Several Certifications and Exams in January 2021

The lists below details what and when Microsoft certifications and exams are retiring and what your recommended next steps should be. 

First, if you’ve recently earned one of these certifications or have been studying for an upcoming MCSA, MCSE or MCSD exam, relax and take a deep breath, you’re OK, but you should move swiftly. In Microsoft's statement they clarified that, “If you have passed a qualifying exam, it will still count towards competency attainment for 12 months after the exam is retired.”

If you are pursuing a qualifying exam, “you can continue earning the MCSA, MCSD, and MCSE certifications as long as the required exams are still available. As we retire the exams that are part of those certification paths, you will no longer be able to earn those certifications. If you are unable to complete the required exams before they are retired (31/01/2021), ....”

How to Co-Author in O365

365 Real-Time Co-Authoring

I’m going to tell you an anecdote that I’m sure will ring true for you: you go to open a file that you desperately need to work on, but a dialog box warning pops up saying “This file is locked for editing by so-and-so, would you like to open a Read Only copy”. Naturally, you click yes because the work must be done. So you do your work and then click Save As. Now, there are 2 copies of similar files, and as time passes it becomes 3 copies, and then 4… because you and your colleagues can’t work on the same file at the same time, right?

Microsoft's ESI Program Expanded to Include Exam Prep Sessions

LEARNERS CAN BOOK EXAM PREP SESSIONS ON THE ESI LEARNER EXPERIENCE PORTAL (LXP)

Microsoft has added a new benefit for customers participating the Enterprise Skills Initiative (ESI).   Now available to ESI customers, via the Learner Experience Portal, are exam preparation session offerings for six different Azure and Data/AI courses. These new Exam Prep sessions provide practical details on how best to prepare ESI customers for a certification exam.

New Microsoft 365 Beta Certification Exams Are Live

Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrators Can Now Take Exams MS-100 and MS-101

Are you a Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator who evaluates, plans, migrates, deploys, and manages Microsoft 365 services? Do you perform Microsoft 365 tenant management tasks for an enterprise, including its identities, security, compliance, and supporting technologies? Do you have a working knowledge of Microsoft 365 workloads? Are you an administrator for at least one Microsoft 365 workload (Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business, or Windows as a Service)?  If so, let me tell you about the new Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert certification!

New Azure Role Based Certifications

Azure Job Roles Based Certifications for the Modern IT Professional

Last week at Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft announced six new tracks for job roles based certifications. Of these the primary focus was certification exams for Azure that provide technology professionals more opportunities to prove their skills as they progress in their career and grow their Azure expertise.

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