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Microsoft Previews New Video-Based Certification Program

We finally have a strong teaser from Microsoft Learning about what they’re doing with LinkedIn Learning and to up the video-based training ante for certification. It's worth your time (and free registration) to have a look.

Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn (and Lynda) is beggining to pay off.When Microsoft acquired LinkedIn at the end of 2016, I wondered about the long-term implications of this acquisition. What many don’t know, and didn’t really appreciate at the time, was that LinkedIn itself acquired online training company Lynda in April 2015.


Creating a synergistic harmony between itself and Lynda, LinkedIn had already started to combine its knowledge of members’ technical skills and job search interests with potential training and career development materials. Microsoft has slowly been absorbing the capabilities that both LinkedIn and Lynda bring to the table.


Now, finally, we see some tangible fruits of that union in a Feb. 27 Born To Learn blog post from Selina Winter: New LinkedIn Learning Course Explores MCSA and MCSE certifications. This item basically announces the availability of an 84-minute video “course” that features long-time instructor David Elfassy marching people through the ins and outs of the MCSA and MCSE certifications from Microsoft Learning.


Don’t get the wrong idea. This is more than just an infomercial. It’s more of a demonstration of capability, and a teaser to entice people to dig into further, fee-based training offerings from LinkedIn Learning, courtesy of the Lynda team. These folks do great work, and the videos are sharp and professional, with outstanding graphics and great production values throughout.


This is no "talking head with an occasional screenshot" video training. This is full-on, high-res, high-dollar training material entirely ready for primetime. Or rather, ready and able to help busy IT professionals (or aspiring IT professionals) buckle down and do some serious learning.