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Microsoft Wants YOU ... to Start Adopting its New Platforms

Microsoft Learning is preparing to wash its hands of a laundry list of old certification exams. Ed Tittel says there's a clear directive embedded in all of the changes.

Retirement highway exit signIt’s not often that Certification Watch beats me to a certification news scoop, but this time I learned from Volume 20, Number 3 about the latest news on Microsoft cert exam retirements scheduled for 2017.


The real details come from Liberty Munson — Microsoft Learning’s ace psychometrician and cert exam maestra (that’s the feminine form of maestro, in case ya didn’t know) — in a Jan. 17 blog post with the screamingly matter-of-fact headline Updates on Exam Retirements: January 2017.


This is something Ms. Munson posts about every now and then to keep readers apprised of which exams are about to hit the scrap heap, and this time the list is pretty lengthy. The highlighted items on the list are stuff that’s new to the retirement queue, which Microsoft maintains on its Retired Exams page under the heading “Exams scheduled to retire.”


That list is only accessible by topic category (Microsoft Dynamics, SharePoint, SQL Server, and so forth) and is nowhere near as easy to read and ponder as is Liberty’s List so I was happy to seize the opportunity to chew on it for everyone’s benefit.


Here’s a snapshot of the list with the new and changed items highlighted in fluorescent yellow (I skipped the Microsoft Dynamics items in the interests of compactness):


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What’s clear from these retirements is a growing emphasis by Microsoft on moving its certified population forward onto the “latest and greatest” platforms. This has to be deliberate, because the company is not unaware of actual market adoption and uptake of its products.


Thus we find the Windows 7 exams retiring at the end of July, even though the actual Windows 7 OS is still everywhere present. It enjoys a clear majority in the number of overall desktop deployments, and claims far, far more business desktops around the world than its successors.