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Microsoft Retires Some Certifications Exams

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Every quarter, Microsoft updates its list of planned exam retirements. The Q2 list for 2017 has some interesting new entries, a few with retirement dates at the end of July.

Credit: KenWolter/ShutterstockCredit: KenWolter/ShutterstockMicrosoft certification exam maven Liberty Munson usually handles the details for the quarterly update to the company's exam retirement plans. Recently, Munson posted the latest update to that plan. On that list you'll find some that are retiring this month, but the majority of the changes look more like a case of out with the old and in with the new. Here's the current list of upcoming exam retirements.

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Exam Number

NameRetirement Date
Planning for and Managing Devices in hte Enterprise
July 31, 2018
Administering Visual Studeio Team Foundation Server
July 31, 2018
70-497Software Testing with Visual StudioJuly 31, 2018
70-498Delivering Continuous Value with Visual Studio Application Lifecycle ManagementJuly 31, 2018
74-343Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2013July 31, 2018
74-344Managing Programs and Projects with Project Server 2013December 31, 2017
74-409Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System CenterJuly 31, 2018
74-678Designing and Providing Microsoft Volume Licensing Solutions to Large OrganizationsDecember 31, 2017
MB6-705Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU8 Installation and ConfigurationDecember 31, 2017
MB6-890Microsoft Dynamics AX Development IntroductionDecember 31, 2017
MB6-892Microsoft Dynamics AX Distribution and TradeDecember 31, 2017

What we find here reflects the increasing obsolescence of older operating systems and platform releases, and the planned retirement of soon-to-be obsolete MCSE credentials. No big surprises, in other words. Just the steady churn in topics and coverage that comes as older stuff makes way for newer stuff. This tells me the Microsoft certification program is on a more or less steady course at the moment, with no big turnover or changes visible in the planned retirements list.

Munson's post is a lot more informative about the big picture, though, than is the Retired Exams page. Her post lists 27 items, while the Retired Exams page shows only 13. That tells me where the inside scoop may be found, and where to look for more insight in the next three months.

NOTE: You can find the latest info on the company's Retired Exams page, which also includes publicly disclosed and planned or upcoming retirements.