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Vista Credential Inching Toward 20K

Windows Vista might be getting dinged in the press lately, but it's not stopping anyone from seeking the MCTS: Vista -- Configuration certification. In fact, the title appear to be one of the hottest of the new-generation Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exams.

According to numbers posted on the Microsoft MCP Web site early this month, 18,869 IT pros worldwide passed an exam to obtain the MCTS: Windows Vista -- Configuration. The next big gainer? The MCTS: .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications certification, at 266 fewer holders than the Vista title.

The MCTS: Vista -- Configuration title has been available since January 2007, which is when Microsoft released the 70-620 TS: Vista -- Configuration exam. The MCTS: .NET Web Apps title had a headstart, becoming a valid credential when one of the two required exams finally saw daylight back in March 2006 (in this case, Exam 70-536 TS: .NET Framework 2.0 -- Application Development Foundation; the other exam that makes up the title is 70-528 TS: .NET Framework 2.0 -- Web-Based Client Development, which was released two months earlier).

Topping the list of new-generation titles is MCTS: SQL Server 2005, with 27,526 holders, but it was among the first of the new-generation MCP titles to be released.

The MCTS credentials for Windows Server 2008, which were just released a few weeks ago, have already been issued to around 6,000 and 7,000 MCPs worldwide for the three credentials. The MCTS: SharePoint Server -- Configuration title comes in at 5,687.

According to the posting, 2.25 million MCPs around the world have earned at least a basic Microsoft certification. Click here to view the list.

About the Author

Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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