Microsoft recently announced
the date of retirement of several certifications and exams. All Windows 8/8.1 exams are going to be retired with their respective certs. Windows 7 exams
will continue to be offered, but the MCSA: Windows 7
certification is going to be retired as well. There have been no announcements to retire any Windows Server 2008 or 2012 exams/certs at this point.
Exams retiring July 31st, 2016:
- 70-687: Configuring Windows 8.1
- 70-688: Supporting Windows 8.1
- 70-689: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8
- 70-692: Upgrading Your Windows XP Skills to MCSA Windows 8.1
- 70-415: Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure (Retiring "early" 2016)
- 70-416: Implementing Desktop Application Environments (Retiring "early" 2016)
So... Now What?
As of right now, there haven't been any announcements about a replacement MCSA certification, but there is a Windows 10 stand-alone exam
in the works. There is also a new expert-level offering in the form of the MCSE: Enterprise Devices and Apps
certification that currently tracks with Windows 8.1, but will be updated to reflect Windows 10 exams as they are released. Presumably, there will eventually be a Windows 10 based MCSA path
, along with other exams and training; this thread will be updated to reflect those announcements.
** EDIT **
Updated the post with new dates, as per Microsoft. Original cutoff date for most exams was January 31st, 2016. That has been pushed back to July 31st, 2016.
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