Windows Vista is planned to introduce a whole new era of operating systems as Microsoft said. And certifications regarding this new operating system were said to be ready ‘in early 2007’ according to Microsoft.

Three certifications are to be introduced:

1. Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Windows Vista, Configuration.

2. Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Consumer Support Technician.

3. MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician.

The certification line of the (MCTS) has mostly been about programming. But as Microsoft declares ‘more certifications will become available as new technologies are introduced.’ The MCTS certified should be capable of implementing, building, troubleshooting, and debugging a particular Microsoft technology.

The MCITP credentials provide IT professionals with a simpler and more targeted framework to showcase their technical skills in addition to the skills that are required for specific developer job roles. And this is what new certifications becoming more focused on; becoming more specific and targeted.

The materials of these certifications have not been out yet, as well as Windows Vista itself. Windows Vista is announced to be available on January 30th, 2007 after a couple of delays in the availability date.

The three certifications above appear closer to the older Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) certification for Windows XP. MCDSTs will need to take only one exam (70-621) to earn the MCTS and MCITP: Enterprise Support certifications instead of following the direct path of three exams. This way you can demonstrate your skills on Windows XP and on Windows Vista. Microsoft Learning is offering special savings just for MCDST credential holders: 40 percent off on the Windows Vista upgrade exam (70-621) when it becomes available in February 2007. It looks like a good deal to have %40 off the exam for MCDST holders.

More information about the Microsoft Vista certifications can be viewed in the recorded live meeting about these certifications on this link.