How Relevant is Windows 7 Certification?

My take on Windows 7 Certification

Whenever a new Microsoft Product comes out, there's always the ensuing analysis of its relevance in the industry. Let's not get into a discussion of what happened with Vista just yet, that's just too cliché.

But, what I can say is that in my line of work as an Enterprise-level training provider, we're already getting client requests for Windows 7 classes and certifications. And some of those are from our biggest clients.

That was not the case for Windows Vista upon its release.

And unofficially, hearing out the people I talk to in the industry, there is considerable buzz surrounding Windows 7.

I'm no prophet, and my information gathering is by no means a scientific study, but I will say that Windows 7 certification is a worthy endeavor.

Why is that? Well, I think it has much more to do with the industry reaction to Windows Vista than most people think. We can debate its usability and functionality issues and features all day long, but Vista was also uncharacteristically poorly timed. Hardware costs were just prohibitive for a large-scale upgrade for most people at any level at the time. Windows XP was (is?) mature and feature-rich enough to satisfy the needs of most shops, so there was nothing there to provide the impetus for change.

The game is different now. Hardware commoditization continues, meaning that better hardware becomes cheaper as time goes on. Many companies who upgrade, upgrade Nx1 versions. Windows Server 2008 and now Windows Server 2008 R2 is out now and enough new features, especially pertaining to security have matured enough since Windows XP and Vista that provide a more compelling and justified reason for upgrading.

What does this mean for you, person looking for Windows Certs? Don't turn a blind eye to Windows 7 like you did with Vista. Get it while it's hot.

Wow, that sounded like a Microsoft fan boy thing to say didn't it? Man I really need to spend some time with my Linux boxes later. ;)

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