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Finally, Windows 10 MCSA Is Coming Together

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

The 70-698 exam is still in beta, but with Windows 10 Anniversary Update scheduled for release on August 2, 2016, the Windows 10 MCSA should be available soon.

Credit: ShutterstockCredit: ShutterstockOn August 2, Microsoft will start making the "Anniversary Update" of Windows 10 available through Windows Update and other release channels (MSDN, Tech Bench, and so forth). Sometime shortly thereafter, exam 70-698, Installing and Configuring Windows 10 should transition from beta into final form (it's been in beta test since June 7, 2016).

The Microsoft Press Exam Ref 70-698 book on that topic is already finished, but it's currently listed with a publication date of 6/23/2016. It is also listed as "…currently not for sale." That has to mean it targets the Anniversary Update of Windows 10 in its coverage, so that when the new release goes public so can the exam and the book that accompanies it.

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Windows 10 MCSA and Beyond

When this exam becomes available, it will combine with exam 70-697 Configuring Windows Devices (Exam Ref) to cover all of the exams necessary to earn the MCSA: Windows 10. For those who qualify because they hold MCSA: Windows 8, taking exam 60-697 by itself will qualify such individuals for the MCSA: Windows 10 as well. This older exam has been available since September 1, 2015, but will probably be at least slightly refreshed for the Anniversary Update of Windows 10 in the near future.

The MCSA: Windows 10 also leads into the MCSE: Enterprise Devices and Apps. Both 70-697 and 70-698 are also required for that credential, as are exams 70-695 Deploying Windows Desktops and Enterprise Applications and 70-696 Administering System Center Configuration Manager and Intune. Unlike the MCSA: Windows Server (now available in both Windows Server 2016 and 2012 versions), the Windows 10 subjects lead only to one possible MCSE.

The Server oriented MCSAs, however, lead into MCSEs on Server Infrastructure and Private Cloud, while the MCSA: Office 365 credential leads into Messaging, Communication, and SharePoint MCSEs. I can't help but see this as an indicator that MS puts less emphasis on client OS topics and on server platforms and capabilities.