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Windows .NET Server Exams Slated for Spring 2003

Exam item writers to be given time to test Windows.NET Server in real-world, says Microsoft.

The Windows.NET exams for the MCSA and MCSE titles are slated to be released sometime next spring, 2003. This, according to Judith Morel, Strategic Certifications Programs, Training and Certification group at Microsoft, in an exclusive interview with CertCities.com Editor Becky Nagel at CompTIA's Strategies 2002 Conference in Chicago.

"We absolutely rely on real-world experience for our [exam question] item writers," says Morel. "It's critical that they have their hands on a released version of the product."

Unlike typical exam launches of years past, which typically followed a software's release by about 45 days, the delay could be more than two months. The latest estimated release date for Windows.NET Server is fourth quarter 2002 (see "Windows .NET Server Delays Complicate Longhorn Schedule," by Scott Bekker (ENTmag.com, http://www.entmag.com/news/article.asp?EditorialsID=5316).

About the Author

Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital projects at the company, including launching and running the group's popular virtual summit and Coffee talk series . She an experienced tech journalist (20 years), and before her current position, was the editorial director of the group's sites. A few years ago she gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web browser technology would impact online advertising for publishers. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.

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