It’s official: Microsoft has retired dozens of exams. We have the list.

Rumours and talks have circulated about Microsoft’s plans to retire some exams this year. We now have official confirmation from Microsoft Learning, which was posted on the Microsoft Learning blog.
Microsoft intends to retire all Microsoft Dynamics MCTS, MCITP certifications by December 31, 2014. Microsoft plans to retire all Microsoft Dynamics MCTS and MCITP certifications by December 31, 2014.
Before we get to the list, let’s remind you that it is extensive, and includes the highly sought-after Windows Phone Applications exam, which is a result of all the hype surrounding the Windows Phone. Does this mean that Microsoft has reduced its certification program? Of course not, so don’t freak out. It makes sense that vendors make adjustments to their certification programs and overhaul some things as technology advances. Let’s take a closer look at the list. In our next posts, we will discuss the options for what you can do instead of taking these exams off the market.
Microsoft Dynamics – Area
MB7-838 NAV 2009 Installation & ConfigurationRetiring on 6/30/2014MB7-839 NAV 2009 Core Setup and FinanceRetiring on 6/30/2014MB7-840 NAV 2009 C/SIDE IntroductionRetiring on 6/30/2014MB7-841 NAV 2009 C/SIDE Solution DevelopmentRetiring on 6/30/2014MB7-842 NAV 2009 Trade & InventoryRetiring on 6/30/2014MB7-843 NAV 2009 Warehouse ManagementRetiring on 6/30/2014MB7-846 NAV 2009 Relationship ManagementRetiring on 6/30/2014MB7-848 NAV 2009 Service ManagementRetiring on 6/30/2014MB7-849 NAV 2009 ManufacturingRetiring on 6/30/2014MB7-849 NAV 2009-Produktion (Danish)Retiring on 6/30/2014MB7-849 NAV 2009-Produktion (German)Retiring on 6/30/2014MB5-845 POS 2009Retiring on 12/31/2014MB5-537 Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System 2.0 Store OperationsRetiring on 12/31/2014MB5-538 Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System 2.0 HeadquartersRetiring on 12/31/2014
Visual Studio Area
70-506: TS: Silverlight 4, DevelopmentRetiring on 7/31/201470-512: TS: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, AdministrationRetiring on 7/31/201470-521: Upgrade: Transition your MCPD .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Dev Skills to MCPD .NET 4.0 Windows App DevRetiring on 7/31/201470-523: Upgrade: Transition Your MCPD .NET Framework 3.5 Web Dev Skills to MCPD .NET Framework 4 Web DevRetiring on 7/31/201498-362: Windows Development FundamentalsRetiring on 7/31/201498-373: Mobile Development FundamentalsRetiring on 7/31/2014Area: Volume Licensing:
70-671: TS: Designing and Providing Volume Licensing Solutions to Small and Medium OrgsRetiring on 1/31/201570-672: TS: Designing and Providing Volume Licensing Solutions to Large OrganizationsRetiring on 1/31/2015Area: Windows
70-682 Pro: Upgrading Windows 7 MCITP Enterprise Desktop Support TechRetirement on 7/31/201470-684 OEM ResellerRetirement on 7/31/2014Area : Windows Azure
70-583: PRO – Designing and Developing Windows Azure ApplicationsRetired on 7/31/2014Area : Windows Embedded
70-582: TS Windows Embedded Standard 7 for developersRetired on 7/31/2014Area : Windows Phone
70-599: Pro: Designing, Developing Windows Phone ApplicationsRetirement on 9/30/2014So… how do these changes impact your 2014 certification plans? Are you sure what you’re going do? Keep reading as we explore other options in our next blog posts.