• GerryO's Blog

    A New Role

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    If anyone is still following this blog, you know that I moved from our content development group to our engineering group. My role in the content dev group was as a Certification Product Planner for our developer and SQL Server certifications. The role...
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    Training and Content Development

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    I’ve been thinking about this for some time now and decided it was time focus some more effort in this direction.   I authored a course on Windows 7 a couple of years back now, and it is doing rather well in the Community Course arena for Microsoft...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Microsoft Certification Information Blog has Moved

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    My last post indicated that I was moving on from a Product Planning role on the developer and SQL Server certifications. I apologize if I left any of you hanging in terms of where to go next. To get the latest information on Microsoft Certifications...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Moving On

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    So, after ~ two years as the Certification Product Planner, in typical Microsoft fashion, it’s time to look at my next career move.  I have enjoyed planning the developer and SQL focused certification plans over the past couple of years but I am...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Windows Azure Beta Exam Announcement

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    Register for Beta Exam 71-583, Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications You are invited to take beta exam 71-583, Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Silverlight Beta Exam Announcement

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    Register for Beta Exam 71-506, TS: Silverlight 4, Development You are invited to take beta exam 71-506, TS: Silverlight 4, Development. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam...
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    Developer Cert Update

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    I’m a slacker, I know. However, I have been a little busy getting ready for our next fiscal year of exams. So that’s my excuse. Monday, July 12th is the day for the live release of our new Microsoft SharePoint 2010 exams. All four will...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Are Your Apps Compatible with Office 2010?

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    Application Compatibility for Office 2010 Analyze your environment for installed add-ins and identify potential migration issues as you migrate earlier versions of Office to Office 2010. Learn how the Compatibility Inspector tools can perform an analysis...
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    SharePoint 2010 Best Practices

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    Learn SharePoint 2010 Best Practices Explore design considerations you should have as you start creating SharePoint solutions targeting SharePoint 2010. Additional videos, labs and code available on testing, deployment and security in this new training...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Explore SQL Server 2008 R2 breakthrough capabilities on Channel 9

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    See how StreamInsight provides real-time monitoring and analytics on incoming event data that would otherwise not be possible. Find out how PowerPivot for Excel 2010 and SharePoint 2010 enables information workers to analyze huge amounts of data from...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Why the SQL Server 2008 Certifications Don’t Cover R2

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    SQL Server 2008 R2 has just released and some of you are asking if the current exams will be updated to reflect the changes from SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2008 R2.  The short answer is no, we will not update the exams to reflect the deltas between...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Certification Exams, NDAs, and Responsible Behavior

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    Based on some recent events, I find it necessary to post this as a notification to all those who take certification exams.  This applies to certifications across different vendors, not just Microsoft. During the opening screens of the exam, before...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Free Silverlight Training on Channel 9

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    Channel 9 is offering a free Silverlight 4 Training Kit. The training kit includes a whitepaper explaining all of the new Silverlight 4 features, several hands-on-labs that explain the features, and a 8 unit course for building business applications with...
  • GerryO's Blog

    More VS 2010 Beta Seats Available

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    OK, you asked for it.  We responded. The absolute best that I can do is to open up 150 more seats for each exam. Same beta codes. Register now as this will be the only increase that will be authorized. By the way, thanks for this awesome response...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Free Windows Phone 7 Series Developer Training Kit

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    Windows Phone 7 Series holds a promise to be an amazing personal mobile phone with new innovative user interface and functionality , as well as a great development platform on which you can quickly and easily build games and applications. With a myriad...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Register for Visual Studio 2010 Beta Exams

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    You are invited to take part in one or more beta exams for Visual Studio 2010 and the Microsoft .NET Framework 4. If you pass one of the beta exams, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Free Developer Training on Silverlight!

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    Channel 9 is offering a free Silverlight 4 Training Kit. The training kit includes a whitepaper explaining all of the new Silverlight 4 features, several hands-on-labs that explain the features, and a 8 unit course for building business applications with...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Watch MIX10 Sessions Online!

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    You Couldn’t Make It to MIX10 - but You Can Watch Online While it isn’t the same as attending MIX10, we’ve made it possible for you to watch the keynotes and sessions (posted within 24 hours after they happen) and interact with the MIX Online community...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Windows Phone 7 at MIX10

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    You’re hearing all about Windows Phone 7 Series—now learn all about it at MIX10. Everything you could ever want to know about Windows Phone 7 Series is at MIX10. You’ll preview the new development platform, show you how to work with the Windows Phone...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Free Certification Exams

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    <warning> This is a long post </warning> Want to see if you’re ready to develop for the Azure platform? Do you have what it takes to create Web apps using ASP.NET, JavaScript, AJAX and Silverlight? What about desktop apps using WPF? Perhaps...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Learn About Development for the Next Generation of Windows Phone

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      Just when you didn’t think it could get any better, we took it to the next level. At MIX10, learn about developing applications and games for the next generation of Windows phone. We were serious when we said you’d be learning the “future” of development...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Passionate About the Web?

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    Join us for MIX10, a 3 day event full of inspiration, content, and networking. MIX10 is a 72 hour conversation to learn about Microsoft's web platform and tools such as Windows Mobile, Silverlight, Expression, and ASP.NET. Register by January 15th and...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Windows Mobile 6.5, Configuring Beta Exam Invite

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    Register for Beta Exam 71-579, TS: Windows Mobile® 6.5, Configuring You are invited to take beta exam 71-579, TS: Windows Mobile® 6.5, Configuring. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Beta Exam Invite

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    Register for Beta Exam 71-580, TS: Windows Mobile® 6.5, Application Development You are invited to take beta exam 71-580, TS: Windows Mobile® 6.5, Application Development. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript...
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    More Developer Training from Channel 9

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    Sitting here at PDC this week and watching the loooooonnnng line for the Azure hands-on labs.   Wow! Not at PDC, or perhaps you are but you don’t think the camera or mouse is worth the wait?  Try out the new training from Channel 9 online...
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