As the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve rapidly around the world, the health, safety, and well-being of our employees, customers, and partners remain our top priorities. Authorities around the globe are responding to the situation with stricter measures that are disrupting normal routines, which changes the landscape in which we operate. With this in mind, Microsoft has several updates to share on how Microsoft, together with our partner ecosystem, is adapting to the current environment to ensure that all of you can continue to learn and get certified on Microsoft technologies while staying safe.
Retirement of MCSA, MCSD, MCSE certifications and related exams extended
Microsoft knows many of you are working toward completing your Microsoft Certified Solutions Architect (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), or Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification(s). Microsoft realizes that the current environment could potentially hamper your ability to finish your certification before the original retirement date of June 30, 2020. To address this issue, Microsoft is extending the retirement date for these specific certifications to January 31, 2021, to give you more time to complete the exams and earn your certification.
Expiring role-based certifications extended
If you have a role-based certification that is expiring between now and December 31, 2020, Microsoft is extending your certification by six months. So, for example, if your certification is set to expire on September 30, 2020, it will now expire on March 30, 2021. Your certification expiration date will be automatically updated, and no action is required on your part. You will be able to view your updated expiration date in your certification dashboard within the next 30 days.
Another news that you need to pay attention to is the change in the name and length of courses, e.g. The Az-103 exam and course change its name to Az-104. Az-300 to Az-303 etc.
You can see the changes on this link
All content, as well as courses due to the newly created COVID-19 Pandemic, are moving to a virtual environment that will provide users with much greater benefits.
More information you will get on this link