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  • How much longer will the Windows XP version of the MCDST exams be available? Should I even consider testing for them considering that Windows 7 exams are out now?

    Tuesday, August 24, 2010 2:22 AM

Answers

  • MCDST exams 70-271 and 272 are retiring in March 2011, You will be best to look at Windows 7 exams.

    More information here, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/exam-dev.aspx#tab4

     

    Hope this helps


    Jarad, MCITP, Brisbane Australia
    • Proposed as answer by JohnOnline Wednesday, August 25, 2010 10:46 PM
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Thursday, September 16, 2010 2:50 PM
    Tuesday, August 24, 2010 2:37 AM
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    Windows XP is set to be supported until 2014 (for the US), so I imagine
    that they will decide to retire the exam sometime before then. According
    to their certification lifecycle policy, they announce these items in
    the MCP flash newsletter.
     
    Overall, I would highly recommend testing on the latest version of any
    technology that you certify on as the field changes rapidly and
    employers may try to gauge whether you are current based on your
    certifications.
     
     

    -- Mike Burr
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Thursday, September 16, 2010 2:50 PM
    Tuesday, August 24, 2010 2:55 PM

All replies

  • MCDST exams 70-271 and 272 are retiring in March 2011, You will be best to look at Windows 7 exams.

    More information here, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/exam-dev.aspx#tab4

     

    Hope this helps


    Jarad, MCITP, Brisbane Australia
    • Proposed as answer by JohnOnline Wednesday, August 25, 2010 10:46 PM
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Thursday, September 16, 2010 2:50 PM
    Tuesday, August 24, 2010 2:37 AM
  •  
    Windows XP is set to be supported until 2014 (for the US), so I imagine
    that they will decide to retire the exam sometime before then. According
    to their certification lifecycle policy, they announce these items in
    the MCP flash newsletter.
     
    Overall, I would highly recommend testing on the latest version of any
    technology that you certify on as the field changes rapidly and
    employers may try to gauge whether you are current based on your
    certifications.
     
     

    -- Mike Burr
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Thursday, September 16, 2010 2:50 PM
    Tuesday, August 24, 2010 2:55 PM