I received this extremely sad news this morning. I have been a part of the MCM/MCSM community for 5 years now and have made many friends, both attending and instructing at MCSM:Messaging. I am sure I am not the only one, but I will certainly miss this community and the many friends that I have made.
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So, there you have it - no more Master - bad times L
Its kind a heartache news - I struggled everyday to be there, doing home works.
I still can't believe....Its kind of discouraging & demotivating :(
A month from now ??!!!
Hugely, heartily disappointing, and a frightening sense of MS having lost the track.
I was all set to take the rotation for Lync in November and now this. I hope they plan to replace it with something better as this has put me in a foul mood.
Dismantling of TechNet subscriptions, and now the crown of Microsoft's certification program? Hard times ahead for Microsoft consultants.
I was all set for Lync Masters in November as well Matt. Knife in the heart :(
It is time to concentrate intellectual efforts on the premium certifications from VMware and Cisco now...
Shocking and confusing news.
I planned taking the Lab Exam in the middle of November. I'm not sure whether I want to gamble $2,500 with taking the Lab Exam before 1st Oct.
Sad and disappointing.
By the way, Jen Stirrup opened a Connect item for this.
If you think that the MCM certification should be kept alive, feel free signing in and vote there: connect.microsoft.com/.../please-dont-get-rid-of-the-mcm-and-mca-programs
At the moment, it has 100 votes.
Too sad they made this decision. Quitting TechNet and now the Masters. I wonder what follows next....
I just recently attended the beta rotation MCSM for Lync in April and now this.. Very sad seeing this long term community shut down.
A sad Lync 2010 MCM .... :-(
Perhaps for those being active participants of the MCM community in the past years it was more or less clear that the program was going down south and it could be expected to end up sadly, but the way how recently changed leadership of Microsoft Learning did that is unprofessional and disrespectful to the community, to say the least. I have to agree with Steve Goodman's points that he formulated in his blog post: www.stevieg.org/.../are-microsoft-losing-friends-and-alienating-it-pros.
Hi MCMs - we recorded a special episode of The UC Architects last night with a few MCMs and MCSMs from the community and the team. It's not a normal episode, the MVPs on the show take a complete back seat and let the Masters have their say on the matter:
This is sad. I was preparing for it from last 1 year but MCSM Exchange was not available for us. This would have stand me next to my CCIE friends.
This is so wrong - really sad about it.