What I’ve Been Working On…

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Facebook/Twitter have sort of replaced much of my blogging needs, but that’s a conversation for another day. The real excuse for not blogging that I wanted to point out today is what’s kept me busy at work. I work for Microsoft Learning as a product manager and wanted to share the latest news here:

It is my pleasure to announce that Microsoft has released 71 courses digitally. These are some of the most popular Microsoft Official Courses, giving you the same learning materials for use with instructor-led training on Microsoft technologies, only now in digital form.

The digital version of each course comes with three files:

  1. The main course file including lab instructions and lab answer keys (the equivalent of the printed book)
  2. *New* The lab manual file (just the lab instructions and lab answer keys, which is also included in the main course file)
  3. The CD image file (an ISO image copy of the CD that comes in the printed book)

Digital versions of these courses are offered exclusively through Certified Partners for Learning Solutions (CPLSs) and are currently available in North America, Western Europe, European Union accession countries, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore.

What are some of the benefits of going digital?

These courses are available for last minute orders, do not require shipping and handling fees, eliminate the need for inventory on hand, enable easier distance learning options, includes full text search, allow for new separate lab manual for easy access, reduce waste and paper needs, and allow new courses to be made available digitally earlier than printed. Check out the FAQ for more details and a listing of the 71 courses.

If you are a CPLS, login to the Courseware Library to get immediate access. If you are a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), visit the MCT Download Center for new materials available for these 71 courses. And last, but not least, if you are someone interested in taking one of these courses, check out this nifty class locator tool.

For regular readers, this announcement is what I was talking about last week when a coworker (who shall remain nameless, *cough* Tjeerd *cough*) couldn’t help but get early information and post a video of me discussing some of these details.