Yes – it is here – the much anticipated release of Windows 7 – mark your calendars for October, 22nd. As you might guess with the release of a new operating system – Microsoft will also release new exams and new MCTS and MCITP certifications. In fact, the beta exam period for two Windows 7 exams have been going on for some time (the two beta exams are 71-686: PRO: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator and 71-685: PRO: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician).
You may remember that the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) credential is aimed at professionals who want to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and expertise in their specialized technologies. In many cases, you will earn multiple MCTS certifications as a prerequisite for earning the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification.
What is posted by Microsoft is that as of now, there are but two Windows 7 certifications, one MCTS and one MCITP. Since there are two more exams in beta testing, I would guess there will be at least two more MCTS certifications, maybe another MCITP as well.
By passing this exam you will be among the first to prove your proficiency in the latest Microsoft operating system. Project leads and hiring managers will recognize your commitment to stay current on client technologies and your ability to optimize the performance improvements and rich feature set of Windows 7
The Windows 7MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration is earned by passing the 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring exam. This exam will validate your ability to understand the functions and features of Windows 7 and to troubleshoot network-connectivity and applications issues. .
MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7Validates your ability to deploy operating systems and desktop applications, and to manage the client life cycle. You will need to pass two exams – 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring and 70-686: PRO: Windows 7, Desktop Administration (available late 2009).
Stay tuned for more information on these exams – and as always – good luck!