I attended a Live meeting yesterday in regards to future Microsoft Certifications for developers (Visual Studio 2008). Attached is the deck from it if you are interested.
Couple of key points:
· MCAD and MCSD certifications will never expire
· MCAD and MCSD certification exams will retire by end of year.
· The new MCTS exams for Visual Studio 2008 will be available in March
· They are working on an upgrade plan for MCPD 2.0 to MCPD 3.5. (will consist of 1 upgrade exam)
· MCAD and MCSD can upgrade to MCPD 2.0 with a couple of exams
UPDATE 04.11.08: You can now sign up to be notified when the new exams are available, and receive a 40% discount of an exam (sweet!) https://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/sqlvs/offer/default.mspx
UPDATE 05.15.08 MCP Live Meeting: .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 Certification
UPDATE 05.15.08 New Content: Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Certification—How They Know You Know