Upcoming events/offers from MS Learning Programs!

Here’s some upcoming events / offers in market that your community can take advantage of! Feel free to share it with your community.

Target Audience for IT Pros and Developers

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Watch Career Factor: Real People, Real Career Quests
Career Factor is an online reality show based on the experiences of nine IT personalities. Each of our candidates has set a professional goal for themselves, and has invited you to follow their every step along the way.

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Test your knowledge with free practice test questions
Sign up to receive a series of practice test questions that can help you prepare to take Exam 70-640: TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring, or
Exam 70-536: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework – Application Developer Foundation.

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Get a Complimentary TechNet Subscription with Your IT Career Package
Receive a complimentary 12-month Microsoft TechNet Professional subscription and a certification exam voucher with a free retake when you purchase select classroom training from a participating Microsoft Learning Partner.

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Buy a Microsoft Certification Pack with Second Shots and Save up to 20%
Microsoft Certification Exam Packs provide large discounts plus a Second Shot for every exam in the pack. The Second Shot offer allows you to retake an exam if you do not pass it the first time.

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Secure a Second Shot for Your Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Certification Exam
Whether you are just beginning to explore the benefits of Microsoft certification, or need to pass just one more exam to achieve a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) credential, the Second Shot offer (regular exam price plus 15 percent) allows you to retake a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 certification exam if you do not pass it on the first attempt.

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Customer Success Stories with Microsoft Cloud Offerings
Windows Azure is the Microsoft cloud-computing platform that helps organizations build and deploy applications to a Microsoft-hosted infrastructure and pay only for services used. It offers compute, storage, and networking resources as services. Businesses can utilize these cloud-based assets to transform their existing server-based systems into dynamic environments. Many organizations have benefited by employing the Windows Azure platform. This snack describes how Outback Steak House, Kelley Blue Book, and Domino’s Pizza have benefited by using Windows Azure.

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Introduction to Microsoft® Windows® Azure™ Platform
Microsoft Windows Azure platform is an Internet-scale cloud computing and services platform hosted in highly secure, geo-redundant Microsoft data centers. It offers a flexible, familiar development environment to create cloud applications and services. Using the Windows Azure platform, organizations can easily deploy applications in the cloud-based infrastructure without incurring huge costs involved in planning, purchasing, configuring, and maintaining the hardware and software required to deploy the applications. This snack introduces the features and benefits of the Windows Azure platform. This snack also compares the key characteristics of the Windows Azure platform with other cloud-computing vendors.

IT Manager Special

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Save 15 percent on Microsoft Certifications for your team
Purchase a specially priced 10-pack of Microsoft Certification exam vouchers, that includes free Second Shot retake offers. 

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Moving to the Cloud
Join Ruth Martin, Microsoft Technology Advisor, for a discussion around BPOS and how cloud computing will change the game for IT managers and organizations. Ruth will address what you need to think about from a business perspective, what skills are necessary, and how to look at your team’s roles/responsibilities in the new light of the cloud.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 8:00 A.M. Pacific Standard Time
Register Now

Exclusive for MPN Partners

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Save up to 30% on Competency Exam Packs with free exam retakes
Save up to 30 percent, when you choose from one of three new Microsoft Partner Network competency exam packages. The packages come with the no-charge Second Shot offer, which provides an opportunity to retake exams that you don’t pass on the first try.

Provide the exam vouchers to anyone within your organization who must take an exam. The packages are available to purchase until June 30, 2011, and entitle you to take your exams until September 30, 2011.

Targeted at Academic Students

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Receive savings on Microsoft Certification exams and a free exam retake if you do not pass your exam the first time
If you plan to get a job in IT after school, getting a Microsoft Certification will help improve your resume by differentiating you from others competing for the same jobs. To help you get started, we are offering the following benefits:

  • A free Exam Retake offer. If you do not pass your Microsoft Certification exam in the student series (exams that have a 72 prefix) on your first try, you can retake the exam at no additional cost!
  • Up to 55 percent savings on Microsoft Certification exams.
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Be our guests! Registration Fee Waived for IT Academy Members to Attend the Microsoft Certified Career Conference
Skills and knowledge can give you the competitive edge – whether you are just starting your career in IT or looking at your next career step.

Join us on February 17th at The Microsoft Certified Career Conference.

We will be online for 24 hours, join anytime you like, from anywhere where you have access to the internet. With so many great sessions, you will also be able to review the recordings for 90 days after the conference.

Educators and students at ITAs can register today using promo code ITACAREER

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Learn More about Microsoft Certifications
This snack will provide answers to frequently asked questions concerning where to start when getting certified, which certifications to take, prerequisites, and next steps on the certification journey. You’ll also find information on job roles and how earning a Microsoft Certification helps show potential employers your commitment to continued learning and career growth.

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Student Pass: Free e-learning courses
The Microsoft IT Academy program’s Student Pass provides a special, no-cost, online learning opportunity for university students who are interested in extending their IT or developer skills with Microsoft technologies.

Cheers,
SEA MVP Team

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