Thank you for all the very nice e-mails and comments and good-lucks. I really appreciate it. You guys are great.
Some of you, like Pollerunner, have asked things like this: "Where are we now going to get this informantion?"
Lots of official and informal places provide the information I was posting.... my blog was just kind of a random mix. The first thing I want to point out is anew Microsoft Learning blog run by my friends here on the community and evangelism team.
These are the owners of the certification programs and your community and, in the words of my friend Ken, this blog will provide "Insight into the inner workings of our MCP and MCT communities, by the team responsible for the Microsoft Certified experience from the moment you pass your first exam....you'll see all of us <Ken, Dana, Sarah, Tjeerd, Bill, and Joanne> participating here, sharing the things we're working on, looking for some input and feedback from you guys, sharing the cool resources we come across, and spotlighting the great people we meet in our communities."
I really recommend that you subscribe to Born to Learn.
Ask Ken why it's called Born to Learn, while you're over there.
The first stop for MCP, certification, or exam help continues to be your regional helpdesk: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/support/worldsites.mspx, as you know. The MCP newsletter is still the best, official way to get news about the program and exams: Subscription info. And don't forget the other great bloggers in Microsoft learning--if you get stuck somewhere, check in with one of these people or teams:
- Gerry: Developer Certification
- Mike: E-Learning
- Beta exams
- The Microsoft Learning web site
- Jeff: Developer Courseware
- Juliana: Microsoft Press
- ILT – Courseware Team: Instructor-Led Training
- Bill: MCT and Trainer Readiness
While I'm at it, I thought I'd answer some of your other, recent questions, too, in a little Q&A.
A Little Q&A
Q. Arnie asked: You bailed???????
Q. MDA asked: What the hell? Surressly?
Q. Warwick James asked, Was it Australia? Was it me?
A. Yes! I don't like pointing fingers, but yes, the country of Australia is to blame. AUSTRALIA!!! <pained cry, shaking fist skyward>
Q. Helmer, in a multi-part question, asked: Will there be a 'new Trikah'?? First Georgeo...now you...who's next?
A1. No. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE TRIKAH!!! No, really, I think there can only be one trikah@microsoft. No, really, I am not sure who/when a new MCP communications manager will be starting... but you'll get all the info you need from our web sites, newsletter, and from my blogging colleagues in the meantime. Subscribe to Born to Learn.
A2. No one leaving, I hope. In fact, the good people are coming to us, it looks like.
Q. Hunter asked: Travel finally got you, huh?!
A. No. People from Roanoke wearing I heart Live Writer t-shirts finally got to me. Roanoke!!! <shaking fist> And PS thank you for the I heart Live Writer T-shirt, I really like it a lot.
Q. .rev asked: Has it been 2 years already? ;-)
A. It has been FOUR! I can't believe it, it's gone so fast. My anniversary was on Saturday Sept 20 (I am not organized enough to know this, myself; my one-time manager Ben just clued me in). On your anniversary, you bring in a pound of M&Ms for every year you've worked here, and leave them outside your door for people to help themselves. Given that my four year anniversary fell directly between an old job and a new job, who benefits from the M&Ms? Do I put the 4 pounds in building 18, for my ex-coworkers who have earned them by putting up with me for four years? Or do I put them in building 117, to schmooze up to new co-workers. Please respond.
Q. Pete Cal asked: will you still get to travel to Tech.Ed? and Tech.Ed Oz?
A. I think I'll be going to a few events, but probably not TechEd. I'm going to pitch to Coatsie that I come back, anyway, maybe to talk about soft skills for geeks. My ideas so far: T-Shirts: More Than Just Black, and, People Don't Know What You're Talking About: How Non-IT Small Talk Can Save Your Social Life. I'll let you know if he goes for it.
Q. Larry asked: Who are we to give our cap suggestions to now?
A. Larry, you know what they say: You can take the girl out of MSL, but you can't take the hat-slogan-suggestion-list off of the girl's blog. Or something.
Q. Multi-parter from Ken W: Who is going to be the new front person for MS certifications? And will they be as good as you?
A1. The real front people are the certification team... they're still here! As far as a new person in my MCP Communications role, I don't know yet...
Q. Rob.au asked: it was the ungracious hospitality of our possums that was the beginning of the end, wasn't it? :P
A. Yes! It was the possums. I just loathe possums. Couldn't stand another day in this job, what with all the possums. Possums!!!!
Q. Pete Cooney asked: Would you rather be eaten by a bear or eaten by crocodile?
A: If the bear was actually a wombat, wearing a bear suit, I'd choose that.
I hope things go really well for you guys. I'll keep you poasted on my new job, for sure. In the meantime, keep in touch, and if you're ever in the 4-2-5, holla at a playa.