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Microsoft buys sales-gamification startup with eye to CRM combo

Microsoft has acquired Incent Games and plans to integrate the Texas startup’s FantasySalesTeam sales-gamification software into Dynamics CRM.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Adding the fantasy sports component to its CRM offering will give companies a tool to make incentive programs for sales staff more engaging, according to Bob Stutz, corporate vice president for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, in a who discussed the news in a blog post.

Microsoft will integrate the platform into its own Dynamics CRM software in the coming months, Stutz said. It will also continue to support customers using FantasySalesTeam with other CRM products.

However, the move drew some derisive commentary from at least one analyst.

“Are they kidding?” said Denis Pombriant, managing principal at Beagle Research Group, via email. “Let’s see, for many years and even centuries, we have incentivized sales people with money (the carrot) and job loss (the stick). That wasn’t enough? Really?”

The real problem with incentives is the difficulty in individualizing and applying them across a product line that contains more than one product, and that can’t be solved with gamification, Pombriant said.

Rather, it’s a big data problem, he suggested, and it can be solved by comprehensive compensation-management systems such as what’s offered by companies like Xactly and Callidus.

“We spend all kinds of effort and resources trying to squeeze more productivity out of sales reps,” Pombriant said. “It makes little sense to me to introduce a game system that takes their attention away from the business at hand rather than pursuing results.”


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Windows revenue takes another bad beating

Third consecutive quarter of double-digit declines, but CEO is confident Windows 10 will ‘restore growth’

Microsoft on Tuesday said that Windows revenue again declined by double digits, the third straight such quarter, with sales of licenses to computer makers down 22% from the same period last year.

For the June quarter, Windows revenue from OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) was off $683 million relative to the same three-month span in 2014, making the decline for the fiscal year — Microsoft’s ended on June 30 — approximately $1.9 billion.

The bulk of Windows’ revenue comes from sales to OEMs, which pre-load the operating system on PCs, 2-in-1s, tablets and a few smartphone models. In the past, Microsoft has said 65% to 72% of Windows revenue stemmed from OEM sales.

Second quarter revenue from OEMs was down 27% for what Microsoft calls the “non-Pro” category and off 21% for the “Pro” class. The terms refer to the kind of Windows license, with non-Pro indicating the OS for consumer PCs and tablets, and Pro for devices targeting businesses. In Windows 10, for instance, the former will be Windows 10 Home while the latter will be Windows 10 Pro.

The declines of both non-Pro and Pro were both slightly larger than for the first quarter of 2015.
Microsoft blamed the consumer licensing downturn on slack in the sales channel as OEMs prepared devices for Windows 10, a 180-degree turn from the prior quarter, when it said the channel was still stuffed with PCs left over from the holidays.

“OEMs tightly managed PC inventory ahead of the Windows 10 launch, particularly in developed markets,” said CFO Amy Hood in prepared remarks during the front end of an earnings call with Wall Street Tuesday. “In our view, this is a healthy state for the channel as we head into a transformational launch that starts next week,” she added, referring to the July 29 debut of Windows 10.

Hood returned to the scaled-back OEM inventories when she responded to a question about whether Windows 10 would make up some of its second-quarter declines caused by the emptying retail sales channel. “Before every launch, we tend to have a tightening in the channel as they prepare and run reasonably lean,” Hood answered. “This is a healthy state. It’s within the range of normal.”

Meanwhile, Hood said Pro license revenue was still hamstrung by the tough comparisons in 2014 when sales of business PCs jumped as companies purged Windows XP — which was retired in April of that year — from their organizations. Microsoft has used XP as the whipping boy for the last several reporting periods, and gave the 2001 OS a few more licks Tuesday.

Also in play, although not stressed much by Microsoft, perhaps because it’s a broken record: The underlying problems of the PC industry, which continued a 14-quarters-and-counting contraction, and seems destined to be almost entirely a replacement market, with little signs of any meaningful growth down the line.

Both Hood and CEO Satya Nadella, who was also on the call, spun the Windows declines as less about the loss of revenue in the quarter just past and more about the opportunities ahead with Windows 10.

“With Windows 10, we expect momentum to build throughout the year, as we and our partners bring new devices, applications, and services to market,” said Hood. “We expect this to benefit our business results in the second half of the fiscal year.” Microsoft’s fiscal year runs from July to the following June, so Hood was referring to the first half of 2016.

Nadella pitched in as well. “Our aspiration with Windows 10 is to move people from meeting to choosing to loving Windows,” he said, repeating remarks he made earlier this year.

Not surprising — because it’s part of every CEO’s job description, no matter what industry or under what circumstances — Nadella was confident Windows 10 would turn around the company’s OS fortunes, if not in direct licensing revenue then in sales of after-market services and software, and advertising opportunities in its Bing search site.

“While the PC ecosystem has been under pressure recently, I do believe that Windows 10 will broaden our economic opportunity and return Windows to growth,” Nadella said. He touted the large number of devices and configurations in the testing process for Windows 10 certification, most of which won’t be available until later this year, as well as some revenue and gross margin growth possibilities from Microsoft’s own hardware, primarily the Surface Pro portfolio.

“Third, we will grow monetization opportunities across the commercial and consumer space,” Nadella pledged. “For consumers, Windows 10 creates monetization opportunities with store, search, and gaming.”

The three money-makers Nadella ticked off were the same ones Hood outlined to financial analysts in May, when she fleshed out the firm’s “Windows as a service” monetization strategy. Microsoft intends to shift revenue generation from its decades-long practice of licensing Windows to one more reliant on revenue from search ads within Bing results, gaming and apps sold through the Windows Store.

That strategy has led Microsoft to a number of radical decisions, including giving away Windows licenses to smartphone and small tablet makers — a move that hasn’t done much for the OS’s share in those categories — subsidizing Windows to makers of cut-rate notebooks, and most importantly for Windows 10, giving away upgrades to the new OS from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

The biggest contributor to that money-making strategy in the June quarter was clearly Bing. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Microsoft said that Bing search advertising revenue had increased 21%, or $160 million, in the second quarter compared to the same period the year prior. Adding Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant and prognosticator, to Windows 10 was also part of the plan to increase Bing’s importance to the OS — which features strong links to the search engine in multiple components, including the new Edge browser — and use Windows 10 to drive the search service’s revenues.

While the growth in Bing ad revenue was less than a fourth of the decline in Windows revenue during the quarter, it was something.
Microsoft said nothing in the SEC filing about app revenue — perhaps because it remains minuscule — but it did boast of a $205 million increase, representing a 58% boost, from Xbox Live, its subscription-based multi-player network. Xbox Live is baked into Windows 10, and Microsoft has pinned significant revenue hope on the OS and Xbox Live reinvigorating the company’s PC gaming business, with the monetization angle coming from the ties between the two platforms — console and PC — and sales of and on the former since the service will be free on PCs and tablets running Windows 10.

“Gaming is an important scenario for Windows 10, and our success with Xbox this quarter gives us a strong starting position heading into launch,” said Nadella Tuesday.

And he remained glass-half-full. “We are confident that these are the right levers to revitalize Windows and restore growth,” Nadella said.

In general, Microsoft’s second quarter was a mess because of $8.4 billion in charges and layoffs in its phone division, resulting in the biggest-ever single-quarter loss and the first since 2012.

Microsoft took a $3.2 billion net loss for the quarter, compared to a $4.6 billion net profit for the second quarter of 2014, a $7.8 billion flip.


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Exam 77-419 Microsoft SharePoint 2013

Exam 77-419 Microsoft SharePoint 2013

Published: 28 June 2014
Languages: English
Audiences: Information workers
Technology: Microsoft Office 2013 suites
Credit towards certification: MOS

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area in the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area in the exam.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

Create and format content (25–30%)

Navigate the SharePoint hierarchy
Use Quick Launch, use All Site Content, use breadcrumb trails, add content to Quick Launch, use Content and Structure for navigation

Manage lists and libraries
Create lists or libraries, edit properties for new items, enable email notifications on lists or libraries, provide shortcuts to a mobile site URL, manage document templates, manage list views, create alerts on lists or libraries, use ratings, add columns, add content validation, manage column properties

Manage list items
Create new list items, edit content, delete list items or documents, version list items, publish assets, manage existing workflows, upload documents, create and manage announcements, collaborate with Microsoft Office assets (calendars, spreadsheets, web apps)

Manage document sets
Add documents to document sets, create document sets, activate and deactivate document sets

Preparation resources
Manage lists and libraries with many items
Introduction to document sets

Manage SharePoint sites (30–35%)

Manage pages

Create new site pages, use templates, edit and delete existing site pages

Perform administrative tasks on sites and workspaces
Create new sites or workspaces using templates, configure site or workspace structures, configure the Content Organizer, display a list of all user alerts, modify Look and Feel, recover assets (lists, libraries, documents, list items), use document and meeting workspaces, view site web analytics, view detailed reports

Manage Web Parts on a page
Add Web Parts, configure Web Parts, hide or remove Web Parts, export or import Web Parts

Manage content types
Associate content types to lists, extend the columns of content types, create custom content types

Manage users and groups
Create groups, manage groups, manage user access, manage group permissions

Preparation resources
How to: Create a page layout in SharePoint 2013
Configure and deploy Web Parts in SharePoint 2013
Determine permission levels and groups in SharePoint 2013

Participate in user communities (15–20%)

Configure My Site
Add keywords, add colleagues, select themes, configure the Colleague Tracker Web Part, configure RSS feeds, configure My Profile

Collaborate through My Site
Update profile status, share pictures in My Site, manage personal documents, share documents in My Site, browse the organisation hierarchy, add Web Parts to My Site

Add tags and notes to content
Add notes to the Note Board for lists or libraries, add tags for lists or libraries, rate items, use tag clouds, review tags on My Site

Preparation resources
Configure My Sites in SharePoint Server 2013
Social and collaboration features in SharePoint 2013

Configure and consume site search results (15–20%)

Perform search administration at the site level

Configure searchable columns, configure list searches, configure site search visibility

View search results

Browse search results, use Best Bet results, use the Refinement Panel, use alerts and RSS feeds with search results, preview documents

Perform advanced searches
Use Boolean operators in searches, use wild cards in searches, use property searches, use phonetic searches, use People Search, use advanced searches

Preparation resources
Manage the search schema in SharePoint Server 2013
Search in SharePoint Server 2013
Plan to transform queries and order results in SharePoint 2013


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Exam 62-193

Exam 62-193
Technology Literacy for Educators

Published: 16 October 2012
Languages: English
Audiences: Academic
Technology: Windows 7
Credit towards certification: Microsoft Certified Educator

* Secondary and higher education students are eligible for special academic pricing. See Exam policies and FAQ for details. Pricing does not reflect any promotional offers or reduced pricing for Microsoft IT Academy program members, Microsoft Certified Trainers, and Microsoft Partner Network program members. Pricing is subject to change without notice. Pricing does not include applicable taxes. Please confirm exact pricing with the exam provider before registering to take an exam.

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

Demonstrate understanding of the Technology Literacy Goals described in the Competency Framework for Teachers (CFT) framework

Identify the policy goals supported by the CFT framework

Identify CFT framework and approaches

Identify the target student outcomes that result from implementing a CFT-supported learning experience

Demonstrate basic knowledge of how Information and Communication Tools (ICT) resources can support curriculum outcomes

Given a curriculum goal or standard, incorporate ICT resources

Given a scenario, evaluate and select an ICT instructional resource

Given a scenario, evaluate and select an ICT assessment resource

Select an appropriate computer-based tool to monitor and share student performance data

Use basic tools to support learning activities

Given a specific learning activity, identify the hardware requirements and devices necessary to support the activity

Use the Internet to support learning activities

Use a search engine and search strategies to support learning activities

Create and use a web-based email account

Given a scenario, select the most appropriate type of software application

Use software to manage and share student and classroom data

Use common communication and collaboration technologies to support learning activities

Organise and manage a standard classroom

Integrate learning activities into a computer laboratory environment

Manage the use of ICT resources with individuals, small groups and whole groups in varied environments

Manage logistics and social interactions around ICT resources

Use digital literacy tools to enhance professional performance

Use ICT resources to enhance teacher productivity

Use ICT resources to support teacher professional learning

Identify and manage Internet safety issues


 

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IT services group celebrates staff success

Senior systems engineer Adam Willford and systems engineer Alex Taylor have been awarded the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) qualification after passing exams in the technology giant’s flagship credential.

The qualification is a globally recognised standard for IT professionals, and proves the individual’s ability to build innovative solutions across multiple technologies.

It demonstrates the holder’s competence in server and desktop infrastructure, the cloud, messaging, communication, data platform and business intelligence.

Senior helpdesk engineer Ben Coltman has become a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) after passing the first of two exams, which shows his IT professionalism and technical expertise.

This first level covers a wide range of Microsoft products, technologies and solutions and the exam involves multiple choice questions, drag and drop questions and hotspot questions along with scenario-based ones.

Meanwhile, helpdesk apprentice Sam Wood has passed the first part of two CompTIA A+ examinations which are seen as the starting point for a career in IT.

The tests cover maintenance of PCs, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems and printers.

CompTIA, also known as the Computing Technology Industry Association, is a non-profit trade association, and looks to advance the global interests of IT professionals and IT channel organisations.

A few days before passing his CompTIA exam he also passed his test to become a Microsoft Certified Technology Associate (MTA).

Lee Evans, Vital Network Solutions’ managing director said: “Adam, Ben, Alex and Sam have worked really hard to gain these qualifications so well done to all of them, and we’re really pleased to be able to continue supporting them as their careers develop.

“Having highly-qualified employees is a major asset to us as we continue to grow year-on-year, and adds strength to our already highly competent IT management department.”

Founded in 1996, Vital has an annual turnover in excess of £1 million, and specialises in providing small and medium-sized businesses across Yorkshire with outsourced IT support and management services, advising, deploying and supporting Microsoft’s cloud and Office 365 solutions.

In 2013 Vital joined a group of only one per cent of Microsoft partners, including just 300 in the UK, when it was awarded Microsoft’s Cloud Accelerate partnership status, which has now been replaced by SMCS.


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First Look: Microsoft’s new Spartan browser for Windows 10

Here’s what sets Spartan apart from Internet Explorer.

Spartan
The most recent Windows 10 Technical Preview comes with Spartan, a web browser that will eventually replace Internet Explorer. It’s not an updated version of IE under a different name; it’s a new browser that Microsoft built from scratch. Here’s what sets Spartan apart from Internet Explorer.

New name
For the time being, the browser is officially referred to as Project Spartan, and “Spartan” may or may not be its final name when it’s released with Windows 10. Sure, unlike “Internet Explorer,” the name doesn’t strongly imply that this program is for browsing the Internet, but neither do the names Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Safari. So we think “Spartan” sounds like it would fit in perfectly among its competitors.

Internet Explorer lives on
Microsoft’s previous, and not much-loved browser will still be included in Windows 10, in case you need to visit sites or use web services that absolutely require it. This will probably apply mostly to enterprise users. The current Windows 10 Technical Preview doesn’t list Internet Explorer on the desktop or taskbar. It’s hidden under Windows Accessories in the Start Menu.

Spartan is the default
Spartan will be set as the default browser in Windows 10. This status can be changed by another browser, like Chrome or Firefox, to take over the role as the default. There isn’t a way to set Spartan back to default within its own settings. To do this you have to go to the new Windows 10 Settings app.

Spartan features Edge
rendering engine
Not only will Windows 10 come with two web browsers, each browser will use a different rendering engine. IE will still use Trident, while Spartan comes with the faster and more technologically up-to-date successor Edge. Originally, Microsoft considered stuffing both engines into their new browser, but elected not to, in order to better clarify the separation between the two browsers: IE would be sticking around for backward compatibility.

Spartan becomes Windows app
Is Microsoft’s new browser a Windows app or desktop application? It appears to be the former. In Windows 10, users will interact with Windows apps on the desktop environment in resizable windows; the overall feel from using Spartan suggests it is such an app. It also shares the same design language as the other new, resizable Windows apps coming to Windows 10, such as the Store and Maps apps, as seen in its title bar and borderless frame.

Spartan has cleaner, simpler look
As its name implies, compared to IE, Spartan sports a cleaner looking UI with a borderless viewing pane and simpler graphical elements in the toolbar. This minimalism is also evident under its settings menu, which displays things in large text and isn’t cluttered with several options. In a side-by-side matchup, Spartan’s GUI initially looks similar — the main differences are that Spartan’s has fewer colors and slightly larger toolbar icons, but its tabs are set over the toolbar, as opposed to the way IE does it by setting tabs within the toolbar. Spartan’s arrangement of tabs looks less confusing.

Spartan has link sharing feature
This is a minor feature, but one that isn’t in the latest IE. In Spartan, you can send a link directly to another Windows app, such as OneNote or the Reading List.

Cortana is integrated into Spartan
Microsoft’s personal digital assistant Cortana will come with Windows 10. It’s similar to Apple’s Siri or Google’s Google Now, where, basically, you speak aloud a command or question and the technology will scour the Internet for your requested information, sometimes speaking out what it finds in a digital voice. Cortana’s features are integrated into Spartan but, as of this writing, can be accessed only in the US versions of the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview, but Microsoft plans to expand its availability to other countries soon.

Spartan will likely support extensions
Firefox has add-on functionality, while Chrome refers to its equivalent feature as extensions. Under Spartan, add-ons appear to refer to plugins for running multimedia technologies, like Flash. It’s been reported that Spartan’s final release will have extension support similar to Chrome, so developers will be able to write tools to enhance the usability of the browser.

Spartan has ‘reading view’ for smaller screens
Spartan can re-render certain pages to display only the main body of text and a related image, stripping out extraneous graphics and text from the original layout. This is meant to make an online article more legible and visually comfortable to read, especially on a tablet. To do this, you click the open-book icon to the right of the URL address bar. This function isn’t available when this icon is grayed-out: Not every page is able to be stripped down to its essentials. Spartan’s reading view tends to be available when you visit a page showing an article or blog entry, but not always.

Spartan integrates with Web Note drawing tool
This ballyhooed feature lets you draw right onto a page, doodling over it or jotting handwritten notes (if you are using a digital pen on a Windows 10 tablet). But technically what Web Note does is capture an image of a page, and then give you basic drawing and highlighting tools. You can also annotate the image with notes you type in, and copy the image of the page, or portions of it, so that you can paste it into a document or image that you’re editing in another program. Pages can be saved as a favorite (bookmark), added to the browser’s reading list, or forwarded to other Windows apps through Share.


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First Look: Microsoft Office ‘lite’ for touchscreens

As part of the beta release program for Windows 10, Microsoft has released free touchscreen versions of Excel, PowerPoint and Word through the Windows Store.

Microsoft Office
As part of the beta release program for Windows 10, Microsoft has released free touchscreen versions of Excel, PowerPoint and Word through the Windows Store. This does not represent the next version of Office, but instead a simplified version of the current Office. Nonetheless, together, they are a full-fledged set of tools that you can use to create documents, and edit or view your current Office format documents (.doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .xls and .xlsx).

Only available for Windows 10 Technical Preview testers
Excel Preview, PowerPoint Preview, and Word Preview are each available for free for the time being, but are meant for testing purposes, and only for users of the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview, which is Build 9926. Each is downloaded separately from the beta of the desktop version of the Windows Store. Their file sizes range from 78 MB up to 90 MB.

Designed to work across all screen sizes
These are among Microsoft’s first apps intended to work across different Windows 10 device platforms: desktop/notebook, tablet or phone. To accommodate touchscreen use, the toolbars utilize large fonts and icons with plenty of whitespace in between. When you highlight te

Designed to work across all screen sizes
These are among Microsoft’s first apps intended to work across different Windows 10 device platforms: desktop/notebook, tablet or phone. To accommodate touchscreen use, the toolbars utilize large fonts and icons with plenty of whitespace in between. When you highlight text or an image, a toolbar appears listing Cut, Copy and Paste buttons. The UI still works with the traditional keyboard-and-mouse. Thus, these apps are well suited for Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, which is designed to be switched between notebook and tablet modes.

Features: Not as extensive as Office
Some Office 2013 features are missing. In Word Preview, you can’t create a table of contents. You’re not even allowed to define custom margins or page sizes; you can only choose from a selection of preset margins and sizes. But when it comes to the features they do have, these three apps are similar to the web app versions of Excel, PowerPoint and Word. They are “good enough” for most users’ needs. Excel Preview includes charts and formulas helpfully grouped into categories. The light bulb icon works as both a help search engine and agent that can guide you on how to do something to your document.

Availability of final releases
As for the price of these apps when their final versions are publicly released, it’s speculated that they could be included with the next version of Microsoft Office (which is being targeted to come out sometime in the second half of this year) and to subscribers of Office 365. They will also come pre-installed on Windows 10 phones and tablets (which have screens of a certain maximum size, perhaps 10 inches and smaller), and could be offered for free for other Windows 10 computers and devices. Either way, additional features would be unlocked with an Office 365 subscription.

Bridging touchscreen devices and desktops/notebooks
So how would these touch versions of Excel, PowerPoint and Word fit within the Microsoft Office ecosystem? For desktop or notebook users, these touchscreen versions are certainly capable enough for creating and editing basic Office documents with a keyboard and mouse or touchpad. On smartphones and tablets, they are used best for throwing together a rough-draft document, or editing a document you already have. These app versions look to be Microsoft’s attempt to bridge these two platforms into a single workflow.


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The Big Question Rises How To Become Microsoft, Cisco, ComTIA Certified

The big question rises how to become the Microsoft certified , All Microsoft certifications are acquired by simply taking a series of exams. If you can self-study for said exams, and then pass them, then you can acquire the certification for the mere cost of the exam (and maybe whatever self-study materials you purchase).

You’ll also need, at minimum (in addition to the MCTS), the CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ certs; as well as the Cisco CCNA cert.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) – This is the basic entry point of Microsoft Certifications. You only need to pass a single certification test to be considered an MCTS and there are numerous different courses and certifications that would grant you this after passing one. If you are shooting for some of the higher certifications that will be discussed below, then you’ll get this on your way there.

Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) – This certification was Microsoft’s previous “Developer Certification” meaning that this was the highest certification that was offered that consisted strictly of development-related material. Receiving it involved passing four exams within specific areas (based on the focus of your certification). You can find the complete list of courses and paths required for the MCPD here.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) – This is Microsoft’s most recent “Developer Certification” which will replace the MCPD Certification (which is being deprecated / retired in July of 2013). The MCSD focuses within three major areas of very recent Microsoft development technologies and would likely be the best to persue if you wanted to focus on current and emerging skills that will be relevant in the coming years. You can find the complete list of courses and paths required for the MCSD here.

The Microsoft Certifications that you listed are basically all of the major ones within the realm of development. I’ll cover each of the major ones and what they are :

Most people, however, take some kind of course. Some colleges — especially career and some community colleges — offer such courses (though usually they’re non-credit). Other providers of such courses are private… some of them Microsoft Certified vendors of one type or another, who offer the courses in such settings as sitting around a conference table in their offices. Still others specialize in Microsoft certification training, and so have nice classrooms set up in their offices.

There are also some online (and other forms of distance learning) courses to help prepare for the exams.

The cost of taking classes to prepare can vary wildly. Some are actually free (or very nearly so), while others can cost hundreds of dollars. It all just depends on the provider.

And here’s a Google search of MCTS training resources (which can be mind-numbing in their sheer numbers and types, so be careful what you choose):

There are some pretty good, yet relatively inexpensive, ways to get vendor certificate training. Be careful not to sign-up for something expensive and involved when something cheaper — like subscribing to an “all the certificates you care to study for one flat rate” web site — would, in addition to purchasing a study guide or two at a bookstore, likely be better.

If you want a career in IT, then you need to have both an accredited degree in same (preferably a bachelors over an associates), and also a variety of IT certifications. The MCTS is but one that you will need.

You should probably also get the Microsoft MCSE and/or MCSA. The ICS CISSP. And the ITIL.

There are others, but if you have those, you’ll be evidencing a broad range of IT expertise that will be useful, generally. Then, in addition, if the particular IT job in which you end-up requires additional specialist certification, then you can get that, too (hopefully at the expense of your employer who requires it of you).

Then, whenever (if ever) you’re interested in a masters in IT, here’s something really cool of which you should be aware…

There’s a big (and fully-accredited, fully-legitimate) university in Australia which has partnered with Microsoft and several other vendors to structure distance learning degrees which include various certifications; and in which degrees, considerable amounts of credit may be earned simply by acquiring said certifications. It’s WAY cool.

One can, for example, get up to half of the credit toward a Masters degree in information technology by simply getting an MCSE (though the exams which make it up must be certain ones which correspond with the university’s courses). I’ve always said that if one were going to get an MCSE, first consult the web site of this university and make sure that one takes the specific MCSE exams that this school requires so that if ever one later decided to enter said school’s masters program, one will have already earned up to half its degree’s credits by simply having the MCSE under his/her belt. Is that cool, or what?

I wouldn’t rely on them over experience (which is far and away the most valuable asset out there) but they are worth pursuing especially if you don’t feel like you have enough experience and need to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills to land a position as a developer.

If you are going to pursue a certification, I would recommend going after the MCSD (Web Applications Track) as it is a very recent certification that focuses on several emerging technologies that will still be very relevant (if not more-so) in the coming years. You’ll pick up the MCTS along the way and then you’ll have both of those under your belt. MCPD would be very difficult to achieve based on the short time constraints (passing four quite difficult tests within just a few months is feasible, but I don’t believe that it is worth it since it will be “retired” soon after).

No job experience at all is necessary for any of the Microsoft Certifications, you can take them at any time as long as you feel confident enough with the materials of the specific exam you should be fine. The tests are quite difficult by most standards and typically cover large amounts of material, but with what it sounds like a good bit of time to study and prepare you should be fine.

Certifications, in addition to degrees, are so important in the IT field, now, that one may almost no longer get a job in that field without both. The certifications, though, are so important that one who has a little IT experience can get a pretty good job even without a degree as long as he has all the right certs. But don’t do that. Definitely get the degree… and not merely an associates. Get the bachelors in IT; and make sure it’s from a “regionally” accredited school.

Then get the certs I mentioned (being mindful, if you think you’ll ever get an IT masters, to take the specific exams that that Strut masters program requires so that you’ll have already earned up to half the credit just from the certs).

If you already have two years of experience in working in the .NET environment, a certification isn’t going to guarantee that you will get employed, a salary increase or any other bonuses for achieving the honor. However, it can help supplement your resume by indicating that you are familiar with specific technologies enough to apply them in real-world applications to solve problems.

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70-481 Essentials of Developing Windows Metro style Apps using HTML5 and JavaScript

QUESTION 1
You are preparing to write code that configures a CredentialPicker object. The code should allow
for platinum members to save their user credentials according to business authentication
prerequisites.
Which of the following is the property that should be included in your code?

A. The PreviousCredential property.
B. The AuthenticationProtocol property.
C. The CredentialSaveOption property.
D. The TargetName property.

Answer: C

Explanation:


QUESTION 2
You are preparing to write code that enforces the technical search capabilities requirements.
Which of the following is a method that should be included in your code?

A. The appendSearchSeparator method.
B. The appendResultSuggestion method.
C. The appendQuerySuggestions(suggestions) method.
D. The appendQuerySuggestion(text) method.

Answer: C

Explanation:


QUESTION 3
You have been instructed to make sure that customers and visitors are shown in keeping with the
prerequisites. You are preparing to write the necessary code.
Which of the following should be included in your code?

A. The CommitButtonText property of the ContactPicker class.
B. The SelectionMode property of the ContactPicker class.
C. The Email property of the ContactPicker class.
D. The DesiredFields property of the ContactPicker class.

Answer: D

Explanation:


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QUESTION 1
You have been tasked with configuring filtering as per the prerequisites.
Which of the following actions should you take?

A. You should consider making use of the itemCategory;category filtering option.
B. You should consider making use of the itemID;num filtering option.
C. You should consider making use of the itemCategory;itemID filtering option.
D. You should consider making use of the itemID;itemCategory filtering option.

Answer: D

Explanation:


QUESTION 2
You are preparing to establish the reason for an error message being presented when adding the
custom Visual Web Part to a SharePoint site.
Which of the following actions should you take?

A. You should consider making use of the Get-SPLogEvent cmdlet.
B. You should consider making use of the New-SPUsageLogFile cmdlet.
C. You should consider making use of the New-SPLogFile cmdlet.
D. You should consider making use of the Get-SPLogLevel cmdlet.

Answer: A

Explanation:


QUESTION 3
You are preparing to write code to create the tool that supports social connections.
Which of the following is a class of the Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Social namespace that should
be included in the code?

A. The SocialFollowingManager class.
B. The SocialFeedManager class.
C. The SocialActorInfo class.
D. The SocialPostActorInfo class.

Answer: C

Explanation:


QUESTION 4
You are preparing to configure caching in keeping with the prerequisites.
Which of the following actions should you take?

A. You should consider making use of the System File Cache option.
B. You should consider making use of the Cache API option.
C. You should consider making use of the Windows Server AppFabric Cache option.
D. You should consider making use of the Page Output Cache Cache option.

Answer: C

Explanation:


QUESTION 5
You are preparing to make sure that those users who access the site via their Windows phones,
receive notification regarding the newly created Windows phone app.
Which of the following actions should you take FIRST?

A. You should consider modifying the Phone master page.
B. You should consider modifying the Tablet master page.
C. You should consider modifying the Default master page.
D. You should consider setting the IncludedChannels property to Default.

Answer: C

Explanation:


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