Now that Microsoft has extended the life of the MCSE (and other credentials) on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, and added retired (!) electives to the list accepted for the MCSE on Microsoft Windows 2000, you may want to reconsider your position on the subject. In the past 10 days, they've done a lot to make people who already have MCSEs lives much easier, and made it easier to re-certify in the Windows 2000 track if they want to (and less necessary for them to do so, if they don't).
Check out the following Web pages for some truly interesting news:
(1) MCSE on Windows 2000 now lists retired exams as valid electives http://www.microsoft.com/trainingandservices/default.asp?PageID=mcp&PageCall =requirements&SubSite=cert/mcse&AnnMenu=mcse (Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page)
(2) MCSE on Windows NT 4.0 is no longer retiring
- NT 4.0 MCSE requirements:
- "Microsoft Enhances its Certification Program to Address Market Needs"
- Related Press Release: "Microsoft Revamps Its IT Certification Program to Meet Customer Needs" http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2001/Oct01/10-11MCPUpdatesPR.asp
(3) Microsoft revises exam discontinuation policy
I think they've finally had a much-overdue "reality check" and are
showing some welcome signs of intelligent life. Look this stuff over,
and drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know what you think,
or to share any additional questions with me.
This was first published in October 2001