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    Move Your Career to the Cloud with the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert certification

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    Last week Microsoft Learning announced that it has reinvented its certification program to directly address technology’s evolution to the cloud. 

    With the rapid growth of jobs in the cloud computing industry, there are not enough qualified workers to fill positions due to lack of knowledge or skill in this  specialized area. 

    Microsoft new cloud certifications will help bridge the IT skills gap for a number of students and partners as new jobs are created and will help build cloud-related skills validation, whether on premise or in the cloud.  Under this new product strategy, certifications will align to key technology solutions designed to better support organizations in increasing adoption and deployment efficiencies, enabling individuals to design, optimize, and operate mission-critical IT technologies. 

    Microsoft learning are also making extensive changes to the MCSD developer certification to create an attractive way for HTML5 web developers to demonstrate their skills, whether they’re building for Windows 8, Windows Azure or Office 365.

    Check out the Channel 9 video that covers all the new exams in more detail.

     

    Here are some more detail about the changes

    Microsoft has reinvented its certification program by  building cloud related skills validation into the industry’s most recognized and respected certification program in the world. Microsoft Certifications now validate a broader and deeper set of skills and experience across a technology solution platform.

    The Expert level is Microsoft’s flagship product for those who want to lead their company’s journey to the cloud.   It is the destination for established IT Professionals and Developers who have expertise working with Microsoft technology solutions. 

    The Associate level is the prerequisite certification necessary to get your Expert level certification.

    After people have achieved their Expert level certification, The Master level is for the select few who wish to further differentiate themselves from their peers.

    Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) is a reinvented certification for today’s technology solutions

    Microsoft has reinvented its certification program by building a broader and deeper set of technology solutions skills validation, starting with cloud-enabled solution skills. As one of the most recognized and respected certification programs, Microsoft is charting the path for IT Professionals and Developers to keep their skills relevant as new technology solutions are released.

    Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) emphasizes solutions

    Microsoft has reinvented its certifications to validate the skill sets needed to develop, deploy, and maintain Microsoft technology solutions. These certifications recognize IT Pros and Developers who have skill sets that run both broad and deep. Certifications are available at three skill levels:

    Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

    The Associate level is the prerequisite certification necessary to get your Expert level certification. This certification validates the core skills you need to get your 1st job in IT.

    Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) &
    Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

    The Expert level is Microsoft’s flagship set of certifications validating that your skills are relevant in the constantly changing tech environment. The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) is the destination for established IT Professionals who have expertise working with Microsoft technology solutions. The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) is the destination for established Developers who have expertise developing solutions with Microsoft tools.

    Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM)

    After you have achieved your Expert level certification, Master is the next destination. This certification is for the select few who wish to further differentiate themselves from their peers and achieve the highest level of skills validation.

    The Cloud Changes Everything

    Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) helps bridge the new cloud computing talent gap

    “With the demand for cloud skills growing quickly, the gap between hiring demand and talent supply across the United States is getting larger and causing more difficulties in sourcing candidates.” Wanted Analytics, Hiring Demand for Cloud Computing Skills Skyrocketing, March 2012

    The need for cloud computing skills has been pushing the market for months. Solution providers are seeking cloud-ready employees to bring their businesses to the next level. The cloud computing market is evolving at such a pace that while the number of job postings is skyrocketing, the talent isn't there to fill the positions.

    In the past 20 years, Microsoft Certifications have been THE tool to address the skills gap. To be relevant, certifications need to continue to be the tool needed and recognized in the market.

    That’s why Microsoft has reinvented its certification program—to certify a deeper set of skills that are mapped to the Cloud and to real-world business contexts. Rather than testing only on a component of a technology, IT Professionals and Developers are now tested on more advanced skills and a deeper understanding of the technology.

    New Certifications Are Available Now

    Private Cloud and SQL lead the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) reinvention

    We’ve posted a lot more information about the reinvented program and the first new certifications: Private Cloud MCSE, Database MCSE & Business Intelligence MCSE:

    Microsoft Certification overview page: http://aka.ms/MSCerts

    Microsoft Certification overview video: http://aka.ms/MSCertsVideo

    MCSE information page: http://aka.ms/MCSE

    MCSE video on YouTube: http://aka.ms/MCSEvideo

    MCSE Private Cloud: http://aka.ms/MCSEpvcloud

    MCSE Data Platform: http://aka.ms/MCSEDP

    MCSE Business Intelligence: http://aka.ms/MCSEBI

     

    So please encourage your students and staff to take advantage of a new 2-for-1 exam offer from Prometric http://aka.ms/Prometric241

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    Microsoft announces Open Technologies, Inc.

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    Microsoft has created a new wholly owned subsidiary known as Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc to advance Microsoft’s investment in openness – including interoperability, open standards and open source. 

    The Interoperability Strategy team has worked closely with many business groups on numerous open source and standards efforts on behalf of Microsoft. It was recently involved in numerous standards initiatives, including HTML5, HTTP 2.0, cloud standards in DMTF and OASIS and in many open source environments such as Node.js, MongoDB and PhoneGap.

    This new subsidiary is further demonstration of Microsoft’s long-term commitment to interoperability, greater openness, and to working with open source communities.

    Microsoft and our business groups will continue to engage with the open source and standards communities in a variety of ways across the company, including working with many open source foundations such as Outercurve Foundation, the Apache Software Foundation and many standards organizations.

    The subsidiary provides a new way of engaging in a more clearly defined manner. This new structure will help facilitate the interaction between Microsoft’s proprietary development processes and the company’s open innovation efforts and relationships with open source and standards communities.

    This structure will make it easier and faster to iterate and release open source software, participate in existing open source efforts, and accept contributions from the community. Over time the community will see greater interaction with the open standards and open source world.

    As a result of these efforts, customers will have even greater choice and opportunity to bridge Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies together in heterogeneous environments.

     

    For more details see the following blogs

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/interoperability/archive/2012/04/12/announcing-one-more-way-microsoft-will-engage-with-the-open-source-and-standards-communities.aspx

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/port25/archive/2012/04/12/announcing-one-more-way-microsoft-will-engage-with-the-open-source-and-standards-communities.aspx

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    Channel 9 Windows 8 Application

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    Channel 9 is home base online for technical know how, how to’s and tips and tricks.

    Channel 9 is used by millions of Developers worldwide each month through videos, how to articles and events.

    We are excited to announce that the team has just released a Channel 9 application in the Windows 8 App Store. 

    So Install the application today on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and easily browse the latest content on Channel 9, share content with your friends and view content on any of your Play To Enabled devices. 

    To find the app, Search the Windows 8 App store for Channel 9.

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    Installing enterprise metro apps without using Microsoft Store

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    Over the past few days I have had a few questions re how does a University go about installing Enterprise apps onto Windows 8 machines without having to setup Microsoft LiveIDs on each of the machines,

     

    As your all aware from the Consumer preview, applications are installed via the Microsoft Store, authentication to the store is based upon your Microsoft LiveID. As a consumer you simply click on the store icon and use the Windows 8 Store to get an application onto Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

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    However if you are an Enterprise looking to get Metro applications onto your employees/students or lab Windows 8 desktops then you will likely want to do it more directly.

    Which is where “sideloading” fits in.

    Microsoft Technet has detailed documentation on Windows 8 Sideloading to add and remove line-of-business (LOB) Metro style apps

    In brief:

    • App must be cryptographically signed
    • App can only be installed on a computer that trusts the signing certificate
    • Group Policy must have the Allow all trusted applications to install setting.
    • Computer must be domain joined to run the app (not needed for install)

    At which point installing an app is as simple as

    add-appxpackage C:\app1.appx

    Additionally you can also remove apps via this process

    Remove-appxpackage C:\app1.apx

    More details on the Windows Store can be found here

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsstore/

    And Building Windows 8 blog

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/

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    Windows 8 Camps May 2012

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    As of this morning we have launched the follow on Windows 8 Camps for developers around London and Birmingham. The camps primarily targets those that have attended the Windows 8 for Application Developers events and wish to further explore and learn about Windows 8 development in an hands-on environment.

    Again, our Windows 8 Champs will be delivering hands-on lab materials to get developers up to speed with app development.

    Registration details for Manchester and Edinburgh will be made available later this month. You can see all of these events on the UK Tech.Days home page.

    London, Wednesday 9th May 2012 – Register here

    London, Thursday 10th May 2012 – Register here

    London, Thursday 17th May 2012 – Register here

    Birmingham, Monday 21st May 2012 – Register here

    Manchester, Wednesday 23 May 2012 – Coming Soon

    Edinburgh, Friday 25th May 2012 – Coming Soon

    Don’t forget about Edinburgh!

    If you wish to attend the Windows 8 for App Developers in Scotland, we still have spaces available. This 1 day event which are delivered by our Windows 8 Champs with the goal of providing accelerated learning to Windows 8 application development. You can see all of these events on the UK Tech.Days home page.

    Edinburgh, Tuesday, 1st May 2012 – Register (Spaces still available)

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    Installing Windows 8 onto Samsung Series 7 Slate

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    For those who have been asked about running Windows 8 Consumer Preview on the retail version of Nike-Tab (sold as the Series 7 Slate)… please note that has Samsung created a new webpage to assist users with the install + drivers which can be found here: http://www.samsung.com/global/windowspreview/

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    Microsoft UK TechDays Windows Phone BootCamp 12th and 19th May

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    I am pleased to inform you that the dates for the May edition of the FREE to attend Windows Phone Camp & Windows Azure Bootcamp delivered by UK Tech.Days are now available.

    In addition to an event in London at LBi, the team are also visiting Liverpool for the first time.

    This will be the last edition of the camps so if your interested and want to get some introductory hands on experience, this is the perfect opportunity to help you get started. Remember that spaces are very limited as we usually sell out a couple of weeks in advance. So, act now to avoid missing out.

    Windows Phone UK TechDays BootCamp

    Windows Phone Camp Registration & Information

    Saturday, 12 May 2012, London

    Saturday, 19 May 2012, Liverpool

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    Microsoft UK TechDays Azure BootCamp 11th and 18th May

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    Today, we have announced our fourth and final edition of the FREE to attend Windows Phone Camp & Windows Azure Bootcamp delivered by UK Tech.Days.

    The events are fantastic experience for you and your students who wish to get up to speed with Windows Phone & Azure development. Delivered by a line up of Microsoft evangelists, these camps have been inspiring UK developers, students and academics to get started with both Windows Phone & Windows Azure.

    I got an opportunity to meet similar people who think and understand like me & got to know a lot about Microsoft & it's mobile application development in depth.’

    ‘Having the technology (Windows Azure) explained by people who know it in depth. Difficult concepts explained with concrete examples!’

    This will be the last edition of the camps so if your interested and want to get some introductory hands on experience, this is the perfect opportunity to help you get started. Remember that spaces are very limited as we usually sell out a couple of weeks in advance. So, act now to avoid missing out. 

    Windows Azure Bootcamp Registration & Information

    Friday, 11 May 2012, London

    Friday 18 May 2012, Liverpool

    In addition to an event in London at LBi, the team are also visiting Liverpool for the first time.

    Overview of the Azure BootCamp

    At the Bootcamp, our Windows Azure & Cloud Computing evangelists will take you from knowing nothing about the cloud to actually writing some code, deployed on to a cloud service and make a simple application available on the public internet.

    You will get all the information you need to get up to speed. So if your new to the Cloud this is a perfect oppurtunity.

    Click here to register for the London Bootcamp, Friday 11 May 2012

    Click here to register for the Liverpool Bootcamp, Friday 18 May 2012

    Spaces are very limited to please register today to avoid disappointment.

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    Windows Phone Student Competition Win a Nokia Handset

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    We know you love the way Windows Phone puts People First.

    Do you want to win one? Course you do!

    The Microsoft UK Student team have put together a competition for those people who like writing Apps for mobile devices. With our latest programme, only available to students aged 16 or over in the UK, we want to encourage you to write lots of Apps and submit them via AppHub into the Marketplace.
     
    For EVERY app you write, during the periods of the competition, (see the detailed terms and conditions here) you'll have a chance to win one of 100 Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phones. We also want to reward those who write top quality Apps so we are complimenting the random prize draw with a judged competition, the top prize being a trip to our offices to spend a day honing your skills and your Apps with our deep technical experts.


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    Putting it simply

    1. Register once here.
    2. The Student Team monitor your app submission in Marketplace.
    3. 3 random prize draws (up to 30 x Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phones per draw).
    4. 1 Top App Competition (up to 10 x Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phones AND a trip to the Microsoft Technology Centre in Reading to talk with our technical experts and see the latest cool stuff).

    The more Apps you publish during the competition, the more chance you have of winning! 1 app = 1 entry into the relevant period draw, 2 apps = 2 entries etc, all Apps go into the Top App Competition.

    Any questions you can email us on ukstu@microsoft.com or post on the student Facebook wall.

    To enter the competition you simply need to register with your LiveID, Apphub Publisher name, preferred contact email address and mobile phone number and that's it. Obviously you then need to publish Apps to have a chance of winning. 

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    Microsoft Research solutions

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    Research solutions from Microsoft, targeted at research departments in higher education institutions, the aim is to help you rapidly establish a platform for secure, collaborative research using, smart tools for analysis, development and professional authoring - all underpinned by scalable High Performance and cloud computing. For example, Microsoft Research has worked with several partners and a few higher education customers to develop a portfolio of complimentary virtual research kits now accessible on Codeplex. The free kits are Sharepoint extensions which allow customers to set up research web portals to house research projects including organization tools, integrated workflows, document management, real-time communications and easy team collaboration.

    With the onset of Azure and its open platform of applications and new SharePoint extensions for researchers, Microsoft now has a very robust set of products to simplify the management of research and reduce the costs of performing research in higher education institutions.

    From parsing big data to providing analytics to archiving and publishing findings, Microsoft and our partners have the technology to support research management engagements of all sizes.

     

    The portfolio of Sharepoint extensions for Research Management are listed on http://microsoft.com/eduresearch

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