We've added a few new MCTS numbers to the updated "how many people have your cert" page http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/certified.mspx...

  • MCTS: Desktop Optimization Pack
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Applications
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Applications 
  • MCTS: Windows Embedded CE 6.0: Application Development

On that last one: Sounds like there is a need in the growing embedded field for skilled people who can develop, implement, test, and support embedded devices. One way to show you can do that is by passing one exam (70-571) to earn MCTS: Embedded CE 6.0, "a credential that validates your experience and skills as an embedded developer, making it an excellent proof point when competing for jobs, consulting opportunities, or advancement." (Have we already talked about this?) "Candidates may be an embedded developer, embedded engineer, device driver developer, board support package engineering developer, field application engineer, and/or quality assurance engineer.... In addition, candidates should have a good understanding of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 with Platform Builder, C, and C++." 

70-571 is available in English, Japanese, Chinese, German, French, and Korean and there are some great resources from the embedded team to help you earn that certification if you develop for embedded devices now or would like to move in that direction. For example,

  • a free, downloadable exam-prep kit
  • getting-started resources, and
  • discount vouchers

Check it out: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/embedded/cc294468.aspx (You can email mswepp@microsoft.com about the vouchers).