MICROSOFT HAS announced the retirement of a number of courses in its Certification programme which may have a direct effect on those studying for particular qualifications.
The Microsoft website explained: "As technology changes, we add new exams and revise or retire older exams. Our goal is to provide at least six months' notice prior to retirement to give you an opportunity to finish earning your certification."
Redmond is keen to point out that, if you have taken the course, it is still valid towards your overall qualification even if it is retired. But if one of the retired courses is core, you must take it before the retirement date and preferably allow time for retakes in case of failure, unless you're feeling very cocky.
All the newly announced outgoing exams will expire in September, but there are others, mostly connected to developing for Windows 8.1, for which the bell tolls sooner.
You can get full details of what is going when at the Microsoft qualification retirement home.
There has been some negative reaction to the announcements, (unsurprisingly - it is the internet, after all) particularly as courses that still seem relevant, such as HTML5 development, have been canned and presumably superseded.
One commenter wrote that Microsoft is "basically killing off half of the MCSD certifications", going on to add: "Why don't you just write that in plain English?"
It is also unclear what will happen to certified participants who need to renew their qualification after two years.
More imminent retirements at the end of March include qualifications covering obsolete technologies such as Lync which has now become part of Skype and rebranded Skype for Business. µ
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