This competency is being renamed to Devices and Deployment and redesigned to help you capture the growing business opportunity delivering services and solutions on new devices and form factors. Effective mid-November 2012. See the competency roadmap for details and view the new Devices and Deployment section below for readiness content.

Put Your Optimized Desktop Practice on the Fast Track
Learn how you can use delivery methodology and templates developed by Microsoft to help guide your customers to create a more secure and reliable desktop environment. Use your Microsoft Partner Network benefit – 5 partner advisory hours – to participate in this training.

New Office Training You Can Take Now

There are lots of exciting opportunities to get closer to the new Office products, learn about what’s coming, and participate in events. This Training Spotlight post lists all the details.

Exam 70-687 Configuring Windows 8 Availability and Preparation

Successful completion of Exam 70-687 is a requirement to achieve the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows 8 certification and can help you meet the requirements of the following Microsoft competencies: Midmarket Solution Provider, OEM Hardware, and Small Business. The exam is designed for IT professionals who configure or support Windows 8 computers, devices, users, and associated network and security resources.

To prepare for this exam, use course 20687A: Configuring Windows 8 – a five-day training that provides hands-on experience with Windows 8, and guidance on installing, upgrading, administering, and troubleshooting. Then once you think you’re ready, schedule your exam through Prometric Test Centres.

New Windows 8 e-Book from Microsoft Press

The second preview of the e-book Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, by Kraig Brockschmidt, is now available at no cost. Developers who are interested in programming Windows 8 apps in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript will want to download this preview.