Microsoft Announces Online Skills Assessment for Windows Server 2003

REDMOND, Wash., March 28, 2003 — Microsoft Corp. today announced Microsoft® Skills Assessment for Microsoft Windows®
Server 2003 to help IT professionals measure competency levels, evaluate knowledge and skills, and receive personalized learning plans from Microsoft. The new skills assessments are available online at no cost for Microsoft IT professionals seeking to show or increase readiness for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 implementations.

“We are continually working to improve the customer experience. Objective assessment enables individuals and companies to determine the best learning path before initiating a technology project or adopting a new technology,”
said Lutz Ziob, general manager of Certification and Training at Microsoft.
“Microsoft Skills Assessment for Windows Server 2003 provides a consistent and dependable gauge for IT professionals to evaluate readiness and maximize investment in skills development.”

The Microsoft Windows Server 2003 skills assessments evaluate how ready individuals are by comparing their knowledge and skills with the software implementation requirements. The online evaluation provides a readiness measurement, which reflects one’s skills relative to one’s peers. This measurement shows progress along the learning path and provides individuals who need to increase skills for a particular project or technology with a personalized learning plan. In addition, individuals can benchmark their knowledge and skills with others by tracking top scores on the Web site . Recommendations for addressing skills gaps are provided at the chapter level from a variety of Microsoft learning products such as Microsoft Official Curriculum, materials published by Microsoft Press® , TechNet, the MSDN®
developer program, Certification, and Patterns and Practices.

Created in response to customers’ need to evaluate readiness, the assessments will identify competencies in an IT solution. Although additional assessments will continue to be released across software products and business solutions, individuals can begin evaluating their knowledge and skills for Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Six assessments are available, including an introduction on new features and functionality assessment, planning and deploying a migration from Microsoft Windows NT®
, and deploying networking services including Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Name Resolution and Remote Access. Each assessment is based on real-world knowledge and developed to provide feedback for unmastered skills, and takes on average 30 minutes to 45 minutes to complete.

Microsoft Skills Assessment for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is available at no cost beginning today. More information is available at .

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