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How will Windows 10 change Microsoft desktop certs? 

There has been a lot of splashy news and previews of Microsoft’s Windows 10, the next generation of its desktop operating system. The early commentary has been remarkably positive so far. The Microsoft Insider program, in which millions of interested users are downloading the Windows 10 work-in-progress version and offering feedback on the builds as they are made available, has resulted in the redesign or complete removal of many of the poorly received features of Windows 8. (See you later, Charms bar!) Microsoft has also provided a glimpse at the future of Windows versions. At last month’s big consumer-oriented Windows 10 event, Microsoft an...

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Posted on February 9th, 2015 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)

Which IT Certifications will be hot in 2015? 

What are the hottest IT certifications in 2015 going to be? To answer this question, you need to take a look at which fields of information technology are expected to experience significant growth next year. As it happens, industry website Computerworld recently released its forecast for the top in-demand IT skills for 2015. This forecast is based on Computerworld’s annual survey of IT hiring decision makers. Using the top picks from this forecast as a guideline, we’ve come up with some predictions for which IT certifications could be the most desirable...

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Posted on December 30th, 2014 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)

Tick-Tock: Microsoft Exam Retirements for 2015 

It happens to all certification exams. They are bright and shiny when they first come off the assembly line, ready to challenge all-comers on a relatively new product or technology. But, the fickle sands of time pass by, and soon those exams are looking more than a little rusty. Before you know it, the vendor is handing these exams a gold watch and a walker, and sending them off into the sunset. Microsoft Learning regularly reviews its certification exams, and when an exam is reaching the end of its relevance, they pull the trigger and place the exam on the “to be retired” list. This list is updated by Microsoft throughout the year, giving candi...

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Posted on December 16th, 2014 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)

Inside the CompTIA IT Fundamentals Certification 

CompTIA has recently rebranded its most basic entry-level certification as the CompTIA IT Fundamentals designation. Formerly known as CompTIA Strata IT Fundamentals, this rebranding is likely due to a change in CompTIA’s professional relationship with Certiport, the certification solutions provider that CompTIA partnered with to create the original designation. CompTIA has been working towards doing all of its content development in-house as of late, so the release of the newly revised IT Fundamentals exam is not a huge surprise.

CompTIA IT Fundamentals Description

The IT Fundamentals certification is meant for a relatively unskilled au...

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Posted on November 20th, 2014 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)

Inside the ITIL Foundation Certification 

When you are discussing information technology service management with experts, you will invariably hear one of them say the word “ITIL”. ITIL, an acronym of its original name “Information Technology Infrastructure Library”, is a comprehensive framework that provides a blueprint for how to manage IT services so they effectively align with business requirements and functions. Created in the 1980s by the British government, ITIL has since evolved through several revisions, and is now owned and administered by an organization called AXELOS, a joint venture between the British government and Capita, a British business process outsourcing and ser...

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Posted on October 28th, 2014 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)

Inside the CompTIA Cloud+ Certification 

These days, anyone who uses a computer, smartphone, or tablet knows about cloud computing. Every popular computer and mobile device software platform offers some sort of cloud storage for music, photos, and documents. Whether it’s Microsoft’s OneDrive, Apple’s iCloud, or Google’s Drive, more people than ever are using a cloud computing solution to help manage their digital lives. When it comes to the enterprise, businesses are actively leveraging cloud computing solutions to provide improved access to files and applications, virtual environments for software testing, and data recovery options. In addition, a growing number of software compan...

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Posted on September 22nd, 2014 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)

Is Windows 8 Done For? 

It’s been less than two years since Windows 8 was released to the general public. Windows 8 was a bold move by Microsoft, its attempt to create a version of its massively popular operating system that could power multiple types of hardware, enabling the use of touchscreen PCs and tablets while maintaining support for conventional desktop users. Windows 8 was all about bringing a single OS to the desktop/tablet party, by offering a hybrid experience that could accommodate keyboards, mice, and fingertips. Windows 8 was the launch pad of Microsoft’s strategy to gain some relevance in the mobile computing market, a market dominated by Apple’s iPad...

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Posted on August 14th, 2014 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)

Certification Overview: Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) 

In today’s always-online world, wireless networks are everywhere. Nearly every business that caters to the public offers complimentary Wi-Fi to its customers. Municipal governments have built wireless hotspots in most major city centers. And, a growing number of corporate offices use wireless networks to enable mobile computing, as well as advanced conferencing hardware such as wireless projectors and smartboards. All of this Wi-Fi activity has created a growing demand for IT pros capable of administering wireless networks, usually within very specific conditions and requirements. Wireless network administrators face the same issues that tradition...

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Posted on July 22nd, 2014 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)

This is a Title 

I am a writer. What does this mean? Well, it means many things. It means that I annoy my social media contacts by correcting the shoddy spelling and grammar in their posts. It means that I have a somewhat ludicrous amount of notebooks (the kind with paper in them, although I have a ludicrous amount of the other kind as well). It means that I’ve bought more dictionaries than vehicles in my lifetime. It means that I know what a gerund is. It means that in the upcoming zombie apocalypse, I will be the first member of my ragtag survivor group to be left behind when the really bad late-night surprise mass zombie attack comes, unless there is an alpha m...

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Posted on July 16th, 2014 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)

Certification Overview: Microsoft SharePoint 2013 

When you talk to people in the IT/IS industry, it’s surprising how many of them have heard of Microsoft SharePoint, but don’t really know what it is or how it’s used in the enterprise. For those who don’t know, SharePoint is about more than just online file storage and shared folders. SharePoint is a remarkably robust web platform that offers solutions for:
  • Document control with automated workflow management.
  • Project management sites that leverage related Project and Visio files.
  • Business intelligence and knowledge sharing via internal blogs, wikis, and private social networks.
Of course, ShareP...

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Posted on June 27th, 2014 in ExamForce's Blog » Featured Articles | Comments (0)