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  • Are there any plans to update MCSD to Visual Studio 2013? My employer wants me to get MCSD Application Lifecylce Management. I have no problem doing that in principle but if there is going to be new version in the next 12 months I would like to wait for it especially since we are already using TFS 2013.


    Monday, December 9, 2013 3:28 PM


  • This question can only be answered by someone with inside knowledge from the Microsoft Learning Certification group.

    I'll share my opinions.

    You can consider the differences between TFS 2012 and 2013. Most TFS information is best found on blogs. Here is a blog listing the new TFS 2013 features: http://xavierdilipkumar.com/page/-TFS-2013-Preview.aspx

    If you think it about it, Microsoft Learning has not yet announced when they will upgrade their ALM exams shown here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcsd-application-lifecycle-management.aspx

    When they do, you know that they will take their existing exams and swap out some of their VS2012/TFS2012 questions with VS2013/TFS2013 questions for the new features. They will also update screenshots where necessary. This is what they did when they upgraded the four (4) Store Front App exams.

    What if they announced tomorrow that they are going to be updated? It would probably mean that they will not be updated until at least early Spring. As well, don't forget that you will have to take the "two year" recertification exam exactly two years after you've passed the your third MCSD ALM exam.

    It's kind of funny but you can actually "drag your feet" in passing that third exam to earn your MCSD. The two year recertification timer starts the day you pass your third exam. The first two exams passed based on VS2012/TFS2012 will still count towards MCSD when you pass the third exam - even if it has been updated to TFS 2013.

    Of course, your boss wants you to get the ALM MCSD right away.

    Another thought - if you get your ALM MCSD right away (in the next couple of months), the recertification exam might still be based on TFS 2013 instead of TFS 2015. You will have all kinds of experience in TFS 2013. This begs the question - which TFS exam would you rather take two years from now - TFS 2013 or brand new TFS 2015?

    Microsoft is scrambling a bit with these two-year and three recertification exams. They have people coming up to term and some of these exams haven't been put together yet.

    By the way, the Microsoft Learning team announces updates to their exams on the "Born To Learn" Blog. Here is the latest Developer post from Larry on the Developer exam updates:

    Good luck with your exams.

    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Monday, December 9, 2013 6:29 PM