Anatomy of the Deal

An inside look at prominent deals within the Microsoft partner community. Part of an occasional series.

Microsoft, Best Buy Partner Up on Certification

More than 300 Best Buy employees now certified under training and certification program, jointly developed with Microsoft.

Two Ways to Save: Discount Exams + Second Shot

Microsoft opens up exam discounts to registered members of its Partner program, allows discount to be combined with exam retake offer.

.NET, SQL Server Exams Debut This Week

Microsoft to release two more next-generation MCP exams for SQL Server experts, Windows developers.

Dispatch from Dallas

Microsoft Business Solutions Group's annual Convergence conference, which focuses on the company's business applications, drew thousands of customers and partners to Dallas in late March.

A Q&A with Sam Jadallah

Since leaving Microsoft seven years ago, Sam Jadallah has stayed close to the industry and Microsoft. Currently, he's a general partner at the Menlo Park, Calif., venture capital firm Mohr Davidow Ventures. One of the sectors he invests in for the firm is software, which makes his inside knowledge of Microsoft highly valuable. In an e-mail interview with <i>Redmond Channel Partner</i> magazine, Jadallah assessed the changes in the Microsoft Partner Program since his departure.

.NET Exam for Enterprise Developers Now Available

Microsoft Learning Group also plans to launch multi-language versions of SQL Server exams in April.

2006 MCT Program Reg Opens April 3

Registration for Microsoft's 2006 MCT program opens up Monday, April 3.

One More .NET Exam Goes Live in March

Microsoft releases exam for MCTS: .NET Framework - Distributed candidates this week.

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 Readers

Microsoft offers readers of 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.

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