This question was raised to me last week and I thought the answer was worth sharing:
QUESTION:For a good number of years I have been meaning to do the MCSE. I have been supporting Windows Desktop OS and Server OS for years now and last year I done all the reading up and stuff for the Windows XP professional Exam as part of the MCSE.
My question is this...
Is it worth me taking the Windows XP Pro exam now or waiting and doing the Vista one if there is in fact going to be such an exam?
I know in the past the MCSE exam does not incorporate new Operating systems for a couple years normally after their launch but things do seem to be moving faster these days.
ANSWER: (from a member of the certifications team)
I would like to suggest that you focus now onto the new generation of certifications. These are technology and job specific. The Vista exams and courses are already available for you to consume.
This link will also give you details of all the New Technology Specialist certifications, along with additional links on each of them including the 2 vista qualifications.
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