A bunch of us (keen, or is that masochistic, local developers) have signed up for the beta version of the 70-528 exam — TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Web-based Client Development (called 71-528 while it's in Beta).
All of the new exams will be Beta tested prior to general release.
The problem with doing a Beta exam is that there’s not a lot of material to study from. To help with the study process, Tatham Oddie has set up an irc server and we’ll be chatting twice a week for a couple of hours in a study session for the next couple of weeks. I’ve done beta exams in the past (back in the days of VFP 6.0) and the chat format worked very well. It’s also great to have the chat transcript to review and for others to use as an aide.
Update: Andrew Higginbottom points out that:
there are some online MS courses for VS2005 (4 for webforms dev) that are free if you sign up before 8 nov and once downloaded the content is valid until feb 2006.I'm yet to do any but they seem OK from a quick look...https://www.microsoftelearning.com/visualstudio2005/default.aspx
Monday 31 October 1930 – 2130
Wednesday 2 November 1930 – 2130
Monday 7 November 1930 – 2130
Wednesday 9 November 1930 – 2130
Monday 14 November 1930 – 2130
Wednesday 16 November 1930 – 2130
So, if you're signed up for the beta exam, or if you just want to get a head start on the new certs, please join us next Monday