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