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  1. MCT Monthly Newsletter - July 2020

    We’re moving from Microsoft Learning to Microsoft Learn

    To help improve our learners’ experience, we’ve migrated our content from the Microsoft Learning website to Microsoft Learn. Now all our available training and certification resources, including instructor-led training courses, are discoverable in a single location. In addition, the Microsoft Learning Blog has migrated to our new Microsoft Learn Community site, available through the Microsoft Tech Community. This provides learners the opportunity to connect with the community and engage with us directly. They can subscribe via email or to the RSS feed to get notified when we make announcements or publish new posts. Get the migration details.

    Certifications and exams

    Exam News Roundup
    This month, we released two live exams, four beta exams, one localized exam, and three Microsoft Official Practice Tests. Check them out!

    New live exams
    AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator (English)
    DA-100:
    Analyzing Data with Microsoft Power BI (English)

    New beta exams
    AI-900: Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals (beta)
    AZ-303:
    Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies (beta)
    AZ-304:
    Microsoft Azure Architect Design (beta)
    DP-900:
    Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals (beta)

    New localized exam
    AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure (Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese)

    New Microsoft Official Practice Tests
    AZ-104:
    Microsoft Azure Administrator
    AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure
    MB-230: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service


    Students can unlock career opportunities with a new certification
    Encourage your students to enhance their résumés with a new certification—and let them know they can get a lift toward success with Exam Replay. This offer provides a retake on a certification exam if it's not passed the first time. Students also have the option to purchase a Microsoft Official Practice Test with their package (where available). Learn more about Exam Replay.

    Training (courseware, courses, clinics)
    Courseware updates
    This month’s article highlights recent information changes to planned new course releases and planned course updates. Read the full article.

    Training for in-demand roles to help job seekers get back to work
    Microsoft is partnering with LinkedIn and GitHub to bring together our best resources to help job seekers learn new skills, prepare for in-demand roles in today’s digital economy, and rejoin the workforce. We’re offering free training and discounted certification exams for those roles and equipping job seekers with tools to help them get hired. If you know of a job seeker, please share these resources to help them get back to work.

    Microsoft Press/Books

    Save 40% on Windows Server 2019 Inside Out
    Fully updated to reflect new innovations for security, hybrid cloud environments, and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), Windows Server 2019 Inside Out, from Microsoft Press, covers everything from cluster sets to Windows Subsystem for Linux. This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving tips to help you plan, implement, or manage Windows Server in enterprise, datacenter, cloud, and hybrid environments. To save 40% on your print or e-book purchase, use discount code WINS19 at checkout. Offer expires July 31, 2020.

  2. New beta exams AZ-303 and AZ-304 for Azure Solutions Architects

    As Microsoft Azure technology evolves, so does the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification. In keeping with that evolution, we’re excited to announce new versions of the exams required for this certification: AZ-303: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies (beta) and AZ-304: Microsoft Azure Architect Design (beta).

    Is this the right certification for you?

    As a candidate for the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification, you should have subject matter expertise designing and implementing solutions that run on Azure. Your responsibilities include advising stakeholders and translating business requirements into secure, scalable, and reliable cloud solutions.

    You’re on the right certification path if you have advanced experience and knowledge of IT operations, including networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data platform, budgeting, and governance. You should also have expert-level skills in Azure administration and experience with Azure development and DevOps processes.

    Ready to prove your skills on Azure architecture?

    Be sure to take advantage of the discounted beta exam offers. The first 300 people who register for and take one of these exams on or before August 10, 2020, can get 80% off market price! This applies to both exam AZ-303 (beta) exam and exam AZ-304 (beta), for a total of 600 discounted exams. Remember that you can take Microsoft Certification exams online.

    To receive the discount, register now. When you’re prompted for payment, use the associated code. This is not a private access code. The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that neither of the beta exams is available in Turkey, Pakistan, India, or China.

    Schedule your exam

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    Deadline to take the exam

    AZ-303: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies (beta)

    AZ303DonSuperStar

    On or before August 10, 2020

    AZ-304: Microsoft Azure Architect Design (beta)

    AZ304LMsmart

    On or before August10, 2020

     Already on the journey to Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification? Mix and match your exams

    If you’re ready to take AZ-300 or AZ-301 now, go for it. These two exams remain in market until September 30, 2020, at the regular price. To compare them with the new versions (AZ-303 and AZ-304), check out the skills outline document on each exam page.

    If you just started the preparation journey, consider refocusing your studying efforts on the new exams—AZ-303 and AZ-304.

    If you already passed either AZ-300 or AZ-301, you could take the new version of the complementary exam. The following exam combinations are valid for earning Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification: AZ-300 and AZ-301; AZ-300 and AZ-304; AZ-301 and AZ-303; or AZ-303 and AZ-304. (To see which exams you passed, check your transcript.)

    Regardless of which of these exam combinations you take, when you pass, you’ll have earned your Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification and it will be valid for two years.

    If you already hold the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification, please note that we’re extending—by six months—all certifications that expire through December 31, 2020. If you want to prove that your skills are up to date right now, you can use the discounted beta exam as an opportunity to extend your certification’s expiration by two years.

    Beta exam conditions

    Want help preparing? Check out my blog post on preparing for beta exams. Remember that beta exams are scored once the exam is live, so you won’t know if you’ve passed for a few weeks. For updates on when the rescore is complete, follow me on Twitter (@libertymunson). For questions about the timing of beta exam scoring and live exam release, check out The path from beta exam to live exam and More tips about beta exams.

     

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  3. New and improved learning experience with Microsoft Learn

    Great news! To help improve your learning experience, we’re migrating our content on the Microsoft Learning website to Microsoft Learn. Effective July 1, 2020, discover all our available training and certification resources on Microsoft Learn. 

    Just as you do today, you’ll find information on your completed certifications and exams on your Microsoft Certification Dashboard (aka.ms/CertDashboard). Additionally, links to the Certification Dashboard have been added to the Microsoft Learn Tech Profile. In the coming months, we’ll merge the Certification Dashboard into your Tech Profile for a unified experience.  

    These improvements will help make it easier for you to find the training content that you care most about, choose the learning approach that works for you, and learn in a style that best fits your needs. For additional information about this migration, see the Moving Microsoft Learning website to Microsoft Learn FAQ. 

    In addition, starting July 1, 2020, the Microsoft Learning Blog will migrate to our new Microsoft Learn Community site available through Microsoft Tech CommunityYou’ll have the opportunity to connect with the community and engage with us. Subscribe via email or to the RSS feed, and get notified when we make announcements or publish new posts. Plus, focus on the news you want by filtering posts based on solution areas that you care about, such as Azure, Modern Workplace, and Business Applications. 

    To explore what’s available, customize your training plan, and give us feedback, head over to Microsoft LearnDon’t forget to check for announcements on the Microsoft Learn Community site, effective July 1, 2020. Thanks for joining us as we continue to invest in your learning journey. 

  4. Show off your AI and machine learning skills with exam AI-900

    I’m excited to announce the release of Exam AI-900: Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals (beta). This exam is required for the Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Fundamentals certification. It offers a great opportunity to prove your knowledge of common machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) workloads and your expertise in how to implement them on Azure.

    Does this certification highlight your experience?

    If you have a background that’s both technical and non-technical, along with a foundational knowledge of ML and AI concepts and related Microsoft Azure services, you’re in the right place. Data science and software engineering experience are not required, but some general programming knowledge or experience would be beneficial. The Azure AI Fundamentals certification can also help you prepare for other Azure role-based certifications, like Azure Data Scientist Associate or Azure AI Engineer Associate, but it isn’t a requirement.

    Ready to prove your skills?

    Take advantage of the discounted beta exam offer. The first 300 people who take exam AI-900 (beta) on or before August 7, 2020, can get 80% off market price! (Learn why beta exams are no longer free.)

    To receive the discount, when you register for the exam and are prompted for payment, use code AI900Saratoga. This is not a private access code. The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. As noted, you must take the exam on or before August 7, 2020.

    Did you know that you can take any role-based or fundamentals exam online? Take the exam from your home or office, monitored by a proctor via webcam and microphone. It’s simple—when you schedule the exam, just select the option to take the exam online. Get more details about Microsoft Certification exams online, including system and environment requirements.

    Preparing for exam AI-900 (beta)?

    I’ve got some suggestions to help you get ready:

    • For details, explore the AI-900 (beta). The skills outline document alerts you to the key topics that are covered on the exam. And stay tuned for suggested Microsoft Learn training, aligned to the new exam. For updates on new content available to help you prepare, follow @MicrosoftLearn on Twitter.
    • Want even more in-depth training? Connect with Microsoft Learning Partners in your area for in-person training.
    • Need other preparation ideas? Check out my blog post on preparing for beta exams.

    Beta exam conditions

    Remember, the number of spots is limited to the first 300 candidates taking exam AI-900 (beta) on or before August 7, 2020. Please note that the beta exam is not available in Turkey, Pakistan, India, or China.

    Keep in mind that beta exams aren’t scored immediately. You’ll receive your final score and passing status after the exam is live. For updates on when the rescore is complete, follow me on Twitter (@libertymunson). For questions about the timing of beta exam scoring and live exam release, check out The path from beta exam to live exam and More tips about beta exams.

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  5. Working with data in the cloud? Prove your skills with exam DP-900

    Great news! We’ve released Exam DP-900: Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals (beta)! This exam gives you the opportunity to begin working with data in the cloud, and it’s the only exam required for the Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Fundamentals certification.

    Considering this certification?

    Are you just beginning to work with data in the cloud? Do you have a foundational knowledge of core data concepts—relational and non-relational, plus different types of data workloads, like transactional or analytical—and how they’re implemented using Azure data services? If so, this certification could be a great fit. The Azure Data Fundamentals certification can also help you prepare for other Azure role-based certifications, like Azure Database Administrator Associate or Azure Data Engineer Associate, but it isn’t a requirement.

    Ready to prove your skills?

    Take advantage of the discounted beta exam offer. The first 300 people who take exam DP-900 (beta) on or before August 7, 2020, can get 80% off market price! (Learn why beta exams are no longer free.)

    To receive the discount, when you register for the exam and are prompted for payment, use code DP900Norfolk. This is not a private access code. The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. As noted, you must take the exam on or before August 7, 2020.

    Did you know that you can take any role-based or fundamentals exam online? Take the exam from your home or office, monitored by a proctor via webcam and microphone. It’s simple—when you schedule the exam, just select the option to take the exam online. Get more details about Microsoft Certification exams online, including system and environment requirements.

    Gearing up to take the DP-900 beta exam?

    I’ve got some suggestions that might help:

    • Check out the DP-900 (beta) exam page for details. The skills outline document alerts you to key topics covered on the exam. Stay tuned for suggested Microsoft Learn training, aligned to the new exam. For updates on new content available to help you prepare, follow @MicrosoftLearn on Twitter.
    • Connect with Microsoft Learning Partners in your area for in-depth, in-person training.
    • Check out my blog post on preparing for beta exams.

    Beta exam conditions

    Remember, the number of spots is limited to the first 300 candidates taking exam DP-900 (beta) on or before August 7, 2020. Please note that the beta exam is not available in Turkey, Pakistan, India, or China.

    Keep in mind that beta exams aren’t scored immediately. You’ll receive your final score and passing status after the exam is live. For updates on when the rescore is complete, follow me on Twitter (@libertymunson). For questions about the timing of beta exam scoring and live exam release, check out The path from beta exam to live exam and More tips about beta exams.

    Related announcements

    Understanding Microsoft Azure certifications

    Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you

    An important update on Microsoft training and certification