Windows 7 RC Released this morning

Early this morning Microsoft released Windows 7 RC for download for those with TechNet and MSDN accounts.  Let the download games begin! Since the Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit is a little 3 gig in size rumor has it that there is a...

04/30/2009

And yet more certification tests

And growing…and this is a good thing.  There are those who thrive on having a huge number of certifications and then there are those who only take tests if they are “encouraged” to do such and even then they will only enter the test...

04/30/2009

TechED Developer Party

I found this information on the Born to Learn site: If you’re a developer headed to TechEd, Trika ( as in "So, a booth babe and a geek walk in to a bar...") is passing along an invite to a party on Tuesday night. Bowling, drinks,...

04/30/2009

Windows 7 Beta Exam and Office 2007 SP2

Microsoft Tidbits: Windows 7 Beta Exam The 71-680 (Configuring Windows 7) beta exam opened and closed in a very short period of time (in one day I believe) - in fact it closed so quickly that a few extra slots were opened later on...

04/29/2009

XPM - XP mode for Windows 7

Here is something interesting with Windows 7: XPM ( Windows XP Mode).  This will be a fully licensed copy of Windows XP with Service Pack 3 in a virtual machine in a virtualization solution akin to Virtual PC.  What is key here is...

04/27/2009

Certification Exams for Office End Users*

Office professionals, you say? Unless you’ve worked in or been involved with someone with an office assistance or support staff position, you probably are not aware that companies, like staffing agencies, use Office certification...

04/25/2009

It is almost time for the Windows 7 RC

If you are one of the thousands who have been Beta testing Windows 7 for the past 4 months and have been patiently waiting for the Release Candidate and RTM versions....your patience will be rewarded shortly.  It is almost time for...

04/25/2009

Microsoft Learning wants you back

I came across these two interesting offers on the Born to Learn site today - well worth the read if you haven't taken a certification test lately. Certified, but not lately? Here’s your chance to get back in the game: Watch for an...

04/24/2009

No testing at TechEd 2009

The budget ax strikes - The Certification Testing Center is the latest casualty and will not be at TechEd this year. You will not be able to take any tests at TechEd at 50% off.   In an effort to keep costs under control, the...

04/21/2009

Windows 7 - 71-680 Beta Exam

Well, it is here.  You have waited long enough and the suspense has been building.  The first Windows 7 Beta exam - 71-680: TS Windows 7, Configuring will be available in a week for Beta testing.  If you pass this test it will be...

04/20/2009

Exam Item Technology Updated

Microsoft has  just released an enhancement to their exams that they hope you never need to notice!The new exam item “plug-ins” are used by Prometric test centers worldwide to support the onscreen appearance and functionality of...

04/03/2009

Sneak peak at Windows 7 Exams

I bet that got your attention.  Now, I can't tell you when any of the Windows 7 Exams will be released - as I really don't know. Microsoft Learning will announce them in due course, when they are ready. But I can tell you a little...

03/31/2009

Should an IT Pro have a college degree?

 So, do IT personnel need a college degree?  That is the subject of an article in Network World: Does a Computer Science degree matter anymore?    I don't think there is a definitive yes or no answer for this question.  I believe...

03/31/2009

The Bus cometh..

I can just hear you now. “Why should I enter? I never win anything.”Well, this could be your chance to change your luck. If you’ve been thinking it’d be nice to win a FREE TRIP TO TECHED, let me say that again, A…FREE…TRIP…TO…TECHED,...

03/30/2009

Free Microsoft Develpoer Tools for High School and College Students

We all want our children to succeed and we want to help them achieve their career goals.  If your child (or children) are interested in programming (I have one who is studying software engineering), then Microsoft has a program for...

03/28/2009

Want to attend a great conference and save some money?

 Then here is chance!  If you are an MCP and you want to attend TechEd, but the cost is a bit high, then this is your day!  Saving money is always nice given the costs of attending TechEd.  Having an opportunity to save on the show...

03/26/2009

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 Courses

Microsoft Learning recently released several new courses - covering Windows Server 2008, and the much anticipated Windows 7.  These new course help roundout the latest instructor-led courses, especially for those of you who like to...

03/26/2009

Get on the Bus

Last week I posted about this great opportunity to attend TechEd.  The fine folks at Born to Learn have provided more details on this contest.  Remember, the Bus is going to stop in the following cities:  Tampa, Atlanta, Charlotte,...

03/24/2009

On the Road to TechEd

On the Road to TechEdNow here is an interesting opportunity to not only TRAVEL to TechEd, but also ATTEND TechEd - all by simply riding a bus. The Born to Learn site announced the Get on the Bus! – an eleven-day odyssey across...

03/18/2009

The Worth of Training

I had an interesting class recently - where all of the students were in the midst of a career change.  A military career change.  The members of this State's National Guard  had gone through a very intense multi-week IT training...

03/18/2009

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