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  1. MCT Monthly Newsletter - December 2019

    Invite your customers to share their thoughts on cloud technologies

    We would like to invite your training customers to participate in a survey on cloud and workplace technologies. Please utilize your channels to share this survey with your customers so they have the opportunity to contribute their insights. The goal of the survey, conducted by leading technology market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) on behalf of Microsoft, is to gain a better understanding about the deployment and administration of cloud and workplace technologies, along with factors that influence the business value of those technologies. The results of the survey will be included in a Microsoft-sponsored IDC white paper that will be shared with our Learning Partners and Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs). The survey should take no more than 15 minutes.

    Program announcements

    The Azure Pass portal is back in service

    As of Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 9 AM PT, the Azure Pass portal was operational again. The manual process for requesting Azure Passes ended on Monday, November 18, 2019, at 5 PM PT. No Azure Pass requests submitted manually after that time will be issued. For updated terms and conditions, please see the Azure Pass portal.

    Shop for MCT merchandise at the MCT Store

    The MCT Store  now offers Microsoft Certified Trainer merchandise you can purchase for personal use or for events. From MCT-branded oxford shirts to jersey T-shirts and fleece hoodies, we offer apparel selections for almost every occasion. You can even pick up pens for your next event. Additional items will be added over time, so make sure to visit often.

    Certifications and exams

    EXAM

    NEWS

    ROUNDUP

    Exam News Roundup

    This month, we focused on releasing several localized exams in Japanese. We also released two new Microsoft Official Practice Tests.

    New localized exams (Japanese)

    MB-200: Microsoft Power Platform + Dynamics 365 Core

    MB-300: Microsoft Dynamics 365: Core Finance and Operations

    MB-900: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals

    MS-300: Deploying Microsoft 365 Teamwork

    MS-301: Deploying SharePoint Server Hybrid

    New Microsoft Official Practice Tests

    DP-200: Microsoft Implementing an Azure Data Solution

    DP-201: Microsoft Designing an Azure Data Solution

    Your students can enjoy peace of mind with Exam Replay

    Employers need skilled people who can successfully rise to the challenges of today’s jobs. To meet this demand, we offer role-based certifications designed to help your students validate their skills and prove that they are keeping pace with today’s technical roles and requirements. To give them an extra boost, Exam Replay provides a retake on certification exams. Your students also have the option to purchase a Microsoft Official Practice Test with their package (where available). They can enjoy peace of mind as they prepare for certification exams with Exam Replay, available now. Share this great offer with your communities. Learn more about Exam Replay.

    Training (courseware, courses, clinics)

    December 2019 lab update for Learning Partners and MCTs

    Our monthly update addresses questions about lab hosting and whether it’s needed for specific courses. Plus, it includes a helpful reference table. Read the full article.

    Courseware updates

    We’ve had several courseware update topics since the November edition of the Courseware Title Plan, including release updates and course changes. Read the full article.

    Dates extended on MOC On-Demand retirements

    As we continue to improve and streamline our content offerings, Microsoft Official Courses On-Demand (MOC On-Demand) will be winding down. After receiving partner feedback regarding timing, we’ve extended the program retirement date to December 28, 2020—an additional six months. This extension provides extra time for our Learning Partners to accommodate and complete in-progress schedules and contracts. Read the full article.

    Download Innovation on the Job: Four Roles Transformed with Dynamics 365 and Office 365

    Discover how to meet and exceed the expectations of customers who increasingly demand greater efficiency, insight, and personalization in every interaction they have with your business. Read Innovation on the Job: Four Roles Transformed with Dynamics 365 and Office 365, and learn how to deliver a higher level of customer service with intelligent and integrated business and productivity apps. Read the e-book.

    Build your own business applications in five easy steps

    Microsoft Power Automate (formerly known as Microsoft Flow) is a cloud-based service that makes it practical and simple for line-of-business users to build workflows that automate time-consuming business tasks and processes across applications and services. Download the hands-on guide, “Microsoft Flow: A guide to building enterprise-ready flows,” and learn how to build automated workflows to get notifications, synchronize files, collect data, and much more. Download the guide.

    Microsoft Press/books

    Microsoft Press e-book deal of the week: Save 50%

    Each week at Microsoft Press, we offer a different e-book deal. For the week of December 1, 2019, save 50% on Begin to Code with C#. Start writing software that solves real problems, even if you have absolutely no programming experience! This friendly, easy, full-color book puts you in total control of your own learning, empowering you to build unique and useful programs. Download a preview of Chapter 3, and get the details on writing programs. 

    We’ll have other weekly deals throughout the month. Here’s what we have planned (subject to change):

    • December 1, 2019: Begin to Code with C#
    • December 8, 2019: Microsoft Visual C# Step by Step, 9th Edition
    • December 15, 2019: Programming Microsoft Azure Service Fabric, 2nd Edition
    • December 22, 2019: Exam Ref AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
    • December 29, 2019: Exam Ref MS-101 Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security

    E-books are delivered in three formats—EPUB, PDF, and MOBI—to read on your preferred device. Browse all the titles at the Microsoft Press Store.

  2. MCT Monthly Newsletter - November 2019

    Training and certification announcements at Microsoft Ignite 2019

    We continue to evolve and expand our learning offerings, with role-based training and certifications, and we made some exciting announcements at Microsoft Ignite this year. In addition to our fundamentals and role-based certifications, we added a new certification type—specialty. Specialty certifications validate deep technical skills that leverage industry solutions, including third-party solutions, on or with Microsoft platforms. We also launched eight new Microsoft Certifications, and we enhanced the Microsoft Learn experience, making it easier for learners to find and manage relevant content. Check out what’s new in training and certification.

    Last call to complete the 2020 ‘IT Skills and Salary Survey’

    If you’ve taken Microsoft training or earned a Microsoft role-based certification, you’re invited to complete the Global Knowledge 2020 “IT Skills and Salary Survey.” Participants receive first access to the report, which will be available in 2020. Act quickly, though, because the survey closes November 8, 2019, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time! All contributions are confidential and provide insight into industry salaries, in-demand certifications, skill gaps, and the existing career landscape. Complete the survey.

    Program announcements

    Announcing the 2019 Enrique Lima Award winner

    The Enrique Lima Award recognizes and celebrates the outstanding work of Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs). It was established to honor the contributions of Enrique Lima, who went above and beyond expectations to build a vibrant MCT community. Every year, the award is given to an MCT who embodies Enrique’s knowledge, passion, and commitment.

    We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Enrique Lima Award winner is Chris Rhodes. For more than 20 years, Chris brought change and opportunity to the classroom, empowering thousands of learners with his flair for knowledge transfer that was built on a lifelong commitment to teaching Microsoft technologies. Chris was a career MCT, and he was popular and highly regarded among his peers. Sadly, Chris passed away in July 2019, but his spirit lives on in the MCT community. He will be greatly missed.

    To learn more about the Enrique Lima Award, Chris Rhodes, and past award winners, visit MCT Central.

    FY20 MCT 75% discount extended to June 30, 2020, with more exams

    The current FY20 75% MCT exam discount has been extended to include all role-based and fundamental certification exams. The discount is available for MCTs and MCT alumni worldwide, until June 30, 2020. All exams must be taken by June 30, 2020, to receive the discount. Learn more about the MCT discount, and take an exam today!

    SATV program changes are underway

    As we continue to invest in customers and adapt to their evolving needs, we’re making some changes to the Microsoft Software Assurance Training Voucher (SATV) program. Effective February 1, 2020, Microsoft Azure content will be removed from the SATV eligibility list. The SATV program will still exist for other content types until the program’s final retirement on January 1, 2022. A notification about this change went out to Software Assurance customers in September 2019. For more details, visit the Learning Partner Yammer page.

    Certifications and exams

    Exam News Roundup

    This month, we released a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Excel Expert live exam, several beta exams, and four localized Microsoft 365 exams in Japanese. Check them out!

    New live exam

    MO-201: Microsoft Office Specialist: Microsoft Excel Expert (Excel and Excel 2019)

    New beta exams

    MB-400: Microsoft Power Apps + Dynamics 365 Developer

    MB-500: Microsoft Dynamics 365: Finance and Operations Apps Developer

    MS-600: Building Applications and Solutions with Microsoft 365 Core Services

    MS-700: Managing Microsoft Teams

    PL-900: Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals

    AZ-120: Planning and Administering Microsoft Azure for SAP Workloads

    New localized exams (Japanese)

    MS-900: Microsoft 365 Fundamentals

    MS-100: Microsoft 365 Identity and Services

    MS-101: Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security

    MS-500: Microsoft 365 Security Administration

    Microsoft Learning Community Blog Roundup

    Don’t miss Alex Payne’s blog post about the latest wave of certification releases and the improved user experience on Microsoft Learn. Plus, be sure to read Liberty Munson’s posts announcing several new beta exams:

    Encourage your students to take advantage of Exam Replay

    Exam Replay provides a retake on certification exams to give your students an extra boost toward their certification goals. Employers seek skilled workers who can rise to the challenges of today’s jobs, and we offer role-based certifications designed to help your students prove their skills and expertise. Where available, a Microsoft Official Practice Test may also be purchased with the Exam Replay package. Learn more about Exam Replay.

    Training (courseware, courses, clinics)

    November 2019 lab update for Learning Partners and MCTs

    Our monthly update addresses questions about lab hosting and whether it’s needed for specific courses. Plus, it includes a helpful reference table. Read the full article.  

    Courseware retirements update

    At Microsoft Learning, we are constantly reviewing our courseware curriculum offerings to stay current and to determine which courses should be retired as a result of low or no volume. There are 78 courses with no sales in our FY19 fiscal year that have been added to our retirement list for December 31, 2019. For a list of affected courses, check the Courseware Retirements page.

    Courseware updates

    We have several courseware update topics to share this month. Get the details on new and planned course releases and updates, name changes for Microsoft Dynamics courses and exams, course consolidation, and an Azure Stack update. Read the full article.

    Microsoft Cloud Workshops: Help and support

    We welcome feedback and comments from MCTs and Learning Partners who deliver Microsoft Cloud Workshops. If you experience any trouble using these Cloud Workshops:

    1. First, verify that you have followed all written lab instructions (including the “Before the Hands-on lab” document).
    2. Next, submit an issue with a detailed description of the problem in the GitHub repository for the workshop in question. Do not submit pull requests. We normally encourage pull request submissions for Microsoft Official Courseware, but not for Microsoft Cloud Workshops, because we have multiple author teams keeping these workshops current. Therefore, we ask that you please submit issues in the GitHub repo instead. Our content authors will make all necessary changes.

    If you’re planning to present a workshop, we recommend that you review and test the materials early—at least two weeks before the workshop. Please allow 5–10 business days for review and resolution of issues.

    Microsoft Press/books

    Save 50% on the Microsoft Press e-book deal of the week

    Each week at Microsoft Press, we offer a different e-book deal. For the week of November 3, 2019, save 50% on Troubleshooting with the Windows Sysinternals Tools, 2nd Edition. The free Windows Sysinternals tools are critical for diagnosing and troubleshooting the Windows platform. Learn to optimize system reliability with these powerful tools. Download a preview of Chapter 4, and get the details on Autoruns.

    We’ll have other weekly deals throughout the month. Here’s what we have planned (subject to change):

    • November 10, 2019: Microsoft Excel 2019 Data Analysis and Business Modeling, 6th Edition
    • November 17, 2019: Adaptive Code: Agile coding with design patterns and SOLID principles, 2nd Edition
    • November 24, 2019: Windows 10 Inside Out, 3rd Edition

    E-books are delivered in three formats—EPUB, PDF, and MOBI—to read on your preferred device. Browse all the titles at the Microsoft Press Store.

  3. Are you a Microsoft 365 Teams Administrator? Now, You Can Prove It
    Do you configure, deploy, and manage Office 365 workloads for Microsoft Teams that focus on efficient and effective collaboration and communication in an enterprise environment? Do you plan, deploy, and manage Teams chat, apps, channels, meetings, au...(read more)
  4. Are you a Microsoft 365 Developer? It’s Time to be Certified
    Are you a developer who designs, builds, tests, and maintains applications and solutions that are optimized for the productivity and collaboration needs of organizations using the Microsoft 365 platform? Are you proficient in Microsoft identity ...(read more)
  5. Do you Implement Azure for SAP Workloads? We’ve got something for you
    Are you knowledgeable in the SAP Landscape Certification process and industry standards that are specific to the long-term operation of an SAP solutions? Do you make recommendations on services and adjust resources as appropriate for optimal resilien...(read more)