Microsoft Certification on January 31, celebrated its 20 years, and recognizes over 7 million people all around the world who are certified on Microsoft technology. "Today, as part of the 20th anniversary of Microsoft Certification celebration, Microsoft recognizes the more than 7 million people globally who are certified on Microsoft technology," Microsoft stated.
Also, Microsoft announced a yearlong tribute, called "20 Years|20 Ways," which will offer "20 different ways for technology professionals to support, mentor and guide both peers and potential successors in the importance of training and certification."
Throughout the year, 20 Years|20 Ways will celebrate how far the Microsoft certification program has come and where it aspires to go.
"By earning a certification from Microsoft in 2012, a person validates relevant skills through a credential that employers worldwide respect, connects with a global community, and gains access to valuable career-building tools and training," Microsoft notes.
Microsoft certifications have grown up as part of an industry that views perpetual change as the status quo. "The numbers are indeed startling: During the past year, more than 1 million people worldwide took Microsoft Certification exams thanks to the company's broad network of more than 17,000 Microsoft Certified Trainers, 1,400 Learning Partners and roughly 5,000 Prometric testing centers globally," added Microsoft.
Along with the cloud has come a deluge of new products -- phones, games, apps, security, among others -- that continues to drive a greater range of career paths and certifications.
"Microsoft will donate up to 5,000 entry-level Microsoft Technology Associate certification exams and training," the company infomred. Adding, "Microsoft will donate the exams through organizations like NetHope Academy and Microsoft IT Academy, which will ensure that they are awarded to applicants who could not otherwise afford to take them," the software company said.
In the video below, Sr. Director for Microsoft Learning, Don Field, Product Planner Jim Clark and Sr. IT Pro Evangelist, Chris Avis discuss what the value of certification is for individuals and employers, how its personally impacted their career, as well as the latest information on the newly available private cloud certification.