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Windows 8 Titles Inching to the Market

By  Nov 28, 2012

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On October 17, 2012, I wrote a blog post here entitled "Here come the Windows 8 MS certs!" At that time I indicated that only a smattering of offerings for the 70-687 and 70-688 exams were on the radar. Today, I went back and looked again and found some additional signs of activity.

Microsoft Press has already announced titles for both the 70-687 and 70-688 exams (the two exams required for the MCSA: Windows 8 credential) and they're also disclosing publication dates for student manuals from the Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC) materials as well.

Amazon screencap for MS Press Exam Ref and MOAC for 70-688

70-687 has been out and about for some time, so I decided to look up information for the follow-on 70-688 exam instead, as it's been opened up for public inspection only since Windows 8 was released on October 26. As you might expect, Microsoft (and O'Reilly Media) lead the pack, thanks to their inside track on the new Windows OS. And so far, there's no further public word on titles from the big certification publishers -- including our own Pearson Exam Cram and Cert Guide imprints, Sybex/Wiley, Osborne/McGraw-Hill, and Syngress/Eselvier.

But because I'm tech editing a book by Darril Gibson for Sybex/Wiley on both exams, and know about other authors at work on similar titles for all of these other publishers, I'm pretty sure that by the time the dates on the preceding screencap come and go (April 22 for the book, April 30 for the MOAC manual) other offerings will also be for sale by then.

Looks like Windows 8 is working up a nice head of steam as far as certification exams and coverage goes. I am intensely curious to see how uptake for these exams will proceed, given that the word on the street is that wholesale business/enterprise adoptions of the new OS are proceeding as slowly as they usually do -- that is, except for some inveterate early adopters, very few enterprises and other big organizations even have Windows 8 on the radar. This should, however, give enterprising IT professionals plenty of time to train up on the new OS before they have to start working with it day-to-day in the workplace.