Given that Microsoft relented and extended the retirement date of the NT 4.0 Core exams plus TCP/IP and IIS to 2/28/2001, can we expect something similar for the 70-240 Accelerated Windows 2000 exam and the 12/31/2001 deadline?
Good question! Microsoft said at the time that they relaxed the deadline for the NT 4.0 exams because of high demand and that they would NOT extend the deadline for 70-240 or the need for MCSEs to get current by 12/31/2001. Nevertheless, the decision does set a precedent. Unfortunately, reading Microsoft's mind is an inherently risky business, so my answer to this question is "Maybe, but probably not."
Wishy-washy? You bet! But when it comes to planning on something as important as upgrading your MCSE, or as money-saving as taking the 70-240 instead of 70-210, 70-215, 70-216, and 70-217, you can't let the possibility that Microsoft might change its policy affect your planning. My advice is that if you plan to take any Microsoft exams in November or December (when demand for testing center seats is bound to peak again), book your exam as far in advance as you possibly can.
Dig deeper on IT Career Development and Training
Related Q&A from Ed Tittel, Networking Career, Certification Expert
The cyber security skills shortage comes from an aging workforce and lack of interest in security among students. Emphasis must be put on education ...continue reading
Career expert Ed Tittel offers his thoughts on the value PRINCE2 has in today's IT job industry.continue reading
Career expert Ed Tittel discusses which Microsoft certifications he considers most important for those pursuing a career in .NET.continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.