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New MCSE+I Title in Works

Microsoft intends to announce a new Windows 2000-focused MCSE+Internet track later this year, along with retirement dates for the IIS 4.0 and TCP/IP 4.0 exams.

Microsoft intends to announce a new Windows 2000-focused MCSE+Internet track later this year, along with retirement dates for the IIS 4.0 and TCP/IP 4.0 exams. Members of the Certification and Skills Assessment team at Microsoft made the statements during a public MCP Magazine online chat that took place November 10. No further details were provided.

Microsoft also said it won’t be changing the retirement date set for the Windows NT 4.0 MCSE track (December 31, 2000, giving MCSEs until December 31, 2001 to re-certify). “We expect that the growing need for IT professionals with expertise in Windows 2000 will outpace the need for Windows NT 4.0 experts” according to a Microsoft representative. “MCSEs certified in the Windows NT 4.0 track will remain certified until December 31, 2001. That means the Windows NT 4.0 certification is good for more than two years after we announced its retirement. And we’re offering the ‘accelerated’ exam to candidates who have passed all three Windows NT 4.0 exams to help them move more quickly to the Windows 2000 track.”

The first exams for the new Windows 2000 track will start appearing in beta form in the spring; the Win2K Professional and Server exams are scheduled to go into beta testing in March. Live tests should be available in the summer, Microsoft said during the chat.

The team also said that rumors about a “Senior MCSE” title requiring proof of experience aren’t true. “We're always looking at the market and evaluating whether new [certifications] make sense to add...[But] this rumor is not true. We've made no announcements about this.”

An archive of the chat, along with additional answers from Microsoft not addressed during the hour, will be made available on MCP Magazine’s Web site shortly.

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