The holiday season is upon us and while things may be quiet on the Azure news front, many creatures are stirring with tales of what was in 2020. News items to be covered this week include Microsoft Learn's plan to help you stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals, A retrospect to announcements shared on AzUpdate over the course of 2020, AzUpdate Team gadget holiday picks, and a very special Microsoft Learn Module of the Week.
With Microsoft moving away from product-focused certifications, they looked at new ways to continue investing in role-based learning offerings. When the pandemic hit, 1,000 new Azure capabilities were created to address our current situation by allowing us to innovate with key advancements in AI, machine learning, and virtualization. To keep pace with this exponential growth, Microsoft has announced a couple of upcoming updates to the certification program.
Beginning in early February 2021, once you've completed and passed your initial exam, you’ll be able to renew your role-based and specialty certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn. The renewal assessment is completed online within six months before your certification expires. Once passed, certification is extended by one additional year from the current expiration date and can be completed annually.
Further details surrounding this, and other certification changes can be found here: Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals
As mentioned earlier, over one thousand new Azure services were launched in 2020. Here is a quick recap on a couple of announcements that the AzUpdate team reported on:
Microsoft Ignite 2020 saw the announcement of Azure Automanage, an exciting new preview service which aims to simplify the management of Windows Server virtual machines. When you deploy a virtual machine (VM) into any environment, on prem or within the Cloud there are other components and services that you need to consider. Backup, Monitoring, Patch Management, etc. The management and operations of a VM. What Azure Automanage helps you with is enrolling and configuring those supporting components for you.
Kids out on holiday break? Looking for a fun way to keep them entertained and possibly have some fun yourself? Check out this ne Learn module which is fun for the whole family!
Basketball and coding both require creativity, curiosity, and the ability to look at the big picture while strategizing your next move. Space Jam: A New Legacy is the perfect inspiration to learn computer and data science, and we've teamed up to create unique learning paths for data science and machine learning.
This learning path can be completed here: Use basketball stats to optimize game play inspired by Space Jam: The New Legacy
Let us know in the comments below if there are any news items you would like to see covered in the next show. AzUpdate will return for Season 2 on January 8th, 2021 so be sure to catch the next episode and join us in the live chat.
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