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Welcome to the November 2012 edition of the Microsoft IT Academy newsletter. The frequency has changed from monthly to quarterly editions, so expect the next issue in February. If this newsletter was forwarded to you, please subscribe today to receive future editions directly.
Meanwhile, please stay connected with us through the new Microsoft IT Academy Blog. The interactive blog will provide ongoing membership updates and offer you a great opportunity to get involved. We want to hear from you!

Feature Story

The Value of Your IT Academy Benefits

Your IT Academy BenefitsFind out what the IT Academy program has to offer students, teachers, academic institutions and employers. As a member, you receive full access to curriculum materials for teaching technology courses, trainer resources to expand and integrate your technical skills, academic pricing on Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC) and Microsoft Certification exams and more. Help your students gain 21st century technology skills by fully utilizing your membership benefits.
We continually update the IT Academy member website with new resources to help you take full advantage of your membership benefits. Look for new or updated benefits on an ongoing basis. Visit the My Academy page to explore your benefits.

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Original Publication Date: 11/15/2012


What's New/Program Updates

New: Getting Started Center Launches

Getting Started Center LaunchesHave you ever asked how to best get started with the IT Academy program resources? You may be missing out on many benefits available to the faculty, staff and students at your institution. We are excited to announce the new Getting Started Center on the IT Academy member website. Think of this as the “Do-It-Yourself” center that any IT Academy can use to get started and create a deployment plan.

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Original Publication Date: 11/15/2012


Administrator Corner

Renew Your Membership Early to Receive Discount

Renew Your MembershipYour colleagues and students are counting on having uninterrupted access to the valuable benefits that come with Microsoft IT Academy membership. An email reminder will be sent 90 days prior to your expiration date. Renew within the first 60 days of your renewal period to receive a 15 percent discount off the price of your membership. To check your membership expiration date, visit your member profile.
Have you had a staffing change recently? If so, please check your institution’s profile (under Academy Profile) and make sure the proper contact is listed. This will ensure your institution will receive key program communications. Be sure you are signed up for IT Academy quarterly newsletters to receive important news and updates related to your program and benefits.

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Original Publication Date: 11/15/2012


Benefit Highlights

Office 365 Resources for Teachers

Office 365 Resources for TeachersMicrosoft Office 365 for education gives academic institutions a familiar Microsoft Office desktop suite with online versions of next-generation communications and collaboration services.
Microsoft IT Academy has both the curriculum resources, and the platform to support your Office 365 customers. Microsoft IT Academy enables Single Sign-On (SSO) with both the member and the E-Learning websites. Visit Microsoft IT Academy Program website to sign-on and get started.
Read about Office 365 training and certification on our blog.

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Original Publication Date: 11/15/2012


Contact a Microsoft Academy Service Partner to Maximize Your Benefits

MASPMicrosoft Academy Service Partners (MASPs) are Microsoft Authorized Education Resellers (AERs) with a deep expertise on the many benefits and offerings included with your Microsoft IT Academy membership. With a footprint in countries around the world, you can contact MASPs in your area to assist you with understanding and unlocking your benefits, developing deployment plans unique to your institution’s needs, or training your staff and faculty across the institution to ensure you are capitalizing on your benefit usage. Find your local MASP.

Original Publication Date: 11/15/2012


Certification and Exams

Earn the MCSD: Special Offers

Earn the MCSDMicrosoft is thrilled to introduce new Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) certifications, designed for the future of the applications marketplace. Help your students gain technology skills to build 21st century apps by earning an MCSD. MCSD provides an objective, meaningful way to identify advanced technical competence and significant real-world solution-building expertise. To help you along the way, Microsoft is offering a complimentary Developing Windows 8 Apps Jump Start and a complimentary Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Exam Voucher.

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Original Publication Date: 11/15/2012


Windows 8 RTM Virtual Labs

Windows 8 Virtual LabsAre you or your students working on developing Windows 8 apps and need a virtual playground? Join us for the video version of the full-day training event designed to share all the knowledge you need to start building applications for Windows 8. After watching the webcast, get hands-on experience with our Windows 8 RTM Virtual Labs.

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Original Publication Date: 11/15/2012


Windows Server 2012 Exams Released

Windows Server 2012 Exams ReleasedMicrosoft is pleased to announce the live publication of the following Windows Server 2012 exams, now available at Prometric Test Centers worldwide: 73-410, 73-411, 73-412, 73-417. Whether your students are starting or upgrading their certification to MCSA: Windows Server 2012, these exams will help get them there. The MCSA: Windows Server 2012 exam also qualifies for Second Shot, a free second chance to pass their IT pro or developer certification exam.

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Original Publication Date: 11/15/2012


Special Events and Offers

Upcoming Microsoft IT Academy Virtual Event

IT Academy Virtual EventJoin fellow members at the next Microsoft IT Academy Virtual Event scheduled for November 29, 2012. During this 1-hour session, we’ll share some of the newest benefits released within the program, walk you through the new courses and exams available for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, and provide you a certification roadmap you can use to help facilitate career conversations with your students and more.

You will need your IT Academy ID to register for this exclusive event scheduled for November 29, 2012, at 8:00 A.M., Pacific Time.

Original Publication Date: 11/15/2012


Windows 8 Free E-Book Offer

Windows 8 Free E-Book OfferWith the announcement of the global release of Windows 8, consumers and businesses worldwide will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer. Complement your Windows 8 training with this free e-book offer, which explores the great new features Windows 8 offers for businesses and IT professionals. It's designed to help prepare for deployment of Windows 8, deliver apps, and manage recovery, security, and virtualization. Download this first preview release. This book is also available through your Safari Books online e-reference benefits.

For full details on this offer, visit the MS Press blog website.

Original Publication Date: 11/15/2012


News for Administrators and Educators

November 2012

In This Issue

·         » Administrator Corner

·         » Feature Story

·         » What's New/Program Updates

·         » Benefit Highlights

·         » Certification and Exams

·         » Special Events and Offers

Stay Connected

·         » Microsoft IT Academy Blog

·         » Twitter @MS_ITAcademy

·         » IT Academy Virtual Event Series

Access Your Benefits

·         » Educator Resources

·         » About E-Learning

·         » Certification Exams

·         » Microsoft Certified Trainer

·         » Marketing Resources

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