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MCP Program Certifies 1.6 Million

Microsoft's Learning Group updates MCP numbers on its Web site; new titles are not included in MCP census.

Free Beta Offer for MCPmag.com Readers

Microsoft offers readers of MCPmag.com with promotional codes for select, upcoming beta exams.

MCITP Exams Now Live

Microsoft releases two more exams, aimed at MCITP for SQL Server DBA candidates.

Microsoft Offers Free Exam Retakes Through June

Popular "second-shot" promotion keeps coming back; this time, it's worldwide.

MCPD Upgrade Exams Get Beta Tested Mid-February

Microsoft to beta test four upgrade exams beginning next week for MCAD and MCSD holders who want quick route to new-gen MCP certs.

MCTS Exams Now Available

New-generation MCP certifications step out of the shadows with general release of three new MCP exams for SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005.

MCT 2006 Fee Waived for New Enrollees

Microsoft to waive MCT program fees for new candidates who join prior to start of 2006 program.

January: Two More Developer Betas Coming

.NET-based exams 70-526 and 70-529 get their time in front of developers next month.

Developer Exams Waiting in the Wings

Wave of new developer and IT exams in beta testing during December.

Training Tools Follow SQL, Visual Studio Launch

Microsoft Learning releases training tools to coincide with launch of the company's relational database and software development suites.

MCTS, MCPD Beta Exams Out in November

Registration has opened for beta versions of exams required for MCTS and MCPD certifications.

Editors' Choice Awards: Thumbs Up!

Redmond's resident critics pick their favorites in this year's Editors' Choice Awards.

Exam Objective Guides for MCTS and MCPD Exams Now Available

MCTS exams 70-431, 70-431 and MCPD exam 70-441 to head to beta in November-December time frame, with live release in 1Q 2006.

MCP for the New Generation

Microsoft says new-gen program's aim is to simplify the cert process and reduce costs and training time.

MCT Program Re-Up Moved to April 2006

One other change: MCTs with tenure excused from meeting minimum training delivery requirements.

Readers Respond October 2005

New-found respect, the possibility of buying a Mac and a DMZ question for Security Advisor columnist Joern Wettern.

The Power Inside

As head of Microsoft Research, Rick Rashid leads a team that remains largely anonymous, but whose work finds its way into nearly every product Redmond ships.

Improved Training Benes Under SA

Next year, Software Assurance will include a sizable increase in training vouchers. The increase can prove to be a boon to Microsoft Certified Training Partners.

Sim Versions of 70-293, 70-294 Exams Make Beta

With exam rollout problems apparently worked out, Microsoft has begun beta testing exams 70-293 and 70-294.

Salaries Finally Up for MCPs According to 2005 MCPmag.com Survey

Readers report a significant increase in salary over last year's survey results.

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