Microsoft Press Publishes Expanded and Updated Line Of Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Self-Paced Training Kits

Microsoft Press Publishes Expanded and Updated Line Of Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Self-Paced Training Kits

REDMOND, Wash., March 17, 1998 — Microsoft Press today announced several key additions to its expanding line of self-paced training kits. The 11 new titles scheduled for release throughout March are designed to enable system professionals to acquire the hands-on skills they’ll need to enter highly lucrative high-tech careers.

The announcement highlights the cost-effective, self-paced training options available to high-tech job seekers and supporting Microsoft’s multimillion dollar efforts to close the skills gap in the information technology (IT) industry.

“Microsoft Press is committed to helping customers get the most out of their Microsoft software, and providing Microsoft customers with a comprehensive, affordable line of professional training products,” said Bobby Sadin, education marketing manager at Microsoft Press. “With self-paced training kits, motivated individuals can learn the skills that prepare them for real-world careers and the Microsoft Certified Professional exams when, how and wherever they need them.”

Opportunities for Trained High-Tech Workers Never Better

The IT industry is growing at an incredible rate. A recent study by the Information Technology Association of America reveals that 346,000 IT jobs are currently vacant in U.S. companies, leaving one in 10 jobs unfilled. The U.S. Commerce Department Office of Technology Policy reports that between 1996 and 2006, America will require more than
1.3 million new systems analysts, computer scientists, engineers, and programmers. Microsoft estimates that among the 13,000 companies worldwide that are Microsoft® Certified Solution Providers (MCSPs), there are more than 41,000 technical job openings.

Preparation for Microsoft Certified Professional Exams and the Real World

Microsoft Press® training kits go beyond teaching students how to pass the Microsoft Certified Professional exams. Each kit meets the objectives needed to fully prepare for Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) exams. Microsoft Press has 21 training titles for the Windows® operating system, networking and the BackOffice® family, ranging from $49.99 to $299.99 (estimated) for a complete learning system. These cost-effective learning tools also build users’ practical on-the-job skills so they can do the job – and do it right. Only self-paced training kits from Microsoft Press carry the Microsoft Official Curriculum logo, Microsoft’s quality seal for courseware. New self-paced training kits from Microsoft Press are packed with more learning tools than ever. They feature improved exam preparation materials, and may include 120-day trial versions of the necessary software and complete texts, both in print and on CD-ROM in HTML.

Microsoft Press is also introducing a new line of Deluxe Multimedia Training Kits that contain complete, text-based training directly from Microsoft combined with interactive courseware from corporate training leader NETg.

“We believe our customers will benefit from additional hands-on practice using NETg’s simulation-rich product as well as a unique pre-assessment feature for people upgrading their skills,” said Jim Brown, publisher for Microsoft Press. “The powerful blend of interactive and text-based training helps users learn by seeing and doing – a first in self-paced training. The result is a comprehensive, value-added training solution for MCP exam candidates and IT professionals who want to maintain their skills edge in the workplace.”

The new titles include the following:

  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Core Requirements Training Kit, 1-57231-905-4, $299.99

  • Microsoft Certified Professional + Internet Training Kit, 1-57231-906-2, $299.99

  • Microsoft Windows NT® Server 4.0 Enterprise Technologies Training Kit, 1-57231-710-8, $99.99

  • Microsoft Internet Information Server Training Kit, 1-57231-731-0, $99.99

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 Technical Support Training Kit, 1-57231-828-7, $49.99

  • Microsoft Windows Architecture for Developers Training Kit, 1-57231-708-6, $99.99

  • Microsoft Windows NT Technical Support Training Kit, Deluxe Multimedia Edition, 1-57231-833-3, $199.99

  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Technologies Training Kit, Deluxe Multimedia Edition, 1-57231-829-5, $199.99

  • Microsoft Windows NT Network Administration Training Kit, Deluxe Multimedia Edition, 1-57231-832-5, $199.99

  • Networking Essentials Second Edition Training Kit, Deluxe Multimedia Edition,
    1-57231-831-7, $199.99

  • Microsoft Windows 95 Training Kit, Deluxe Multimedia Edition, 1-57231-830-9, $199.99

The full line of self-paced training solutions available from Microsoft Press can be viewed at ( .

Microsoft Press is the publishing division of Microsoft and the leading source of up-to-date information about Microsoft products and related technologies. Millions of users rely on a complete line of world-class Microsoft Press computer books and multimedia training and reference tools. Titles ranging from self-paced tutorials for first-time computer users to advanced technical references and programming guides for computer professionals are distributed to book

and software retailers worldwide. Consumers in the United States can order directly from the publisher at (800) MSPRESS (677-7377). For information about other products from Microsoft Press, visit ( .

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

Microsoft, Microsoft Press, Windows, BackOffice and Windows NT are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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