I've been doing research to see what elective exam I am going to take; the most logical one being the Windows Vista (70-620) Exam because I've had the most exposure to it from my previous position as a computer repair supervisor for a retail chain. Also, according to my colleagues, it's easy. In any case, I find out that upon passing that exam, I will be a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, aka MCTS certified. This is great because now I would have obtained two Microsoft certifications; MCP and MCTS!
However, in this world of alphabet certifications; what advantage do I have? I know that by using this exam as my elective, I will be steps closer to fulfilling requirements on becoming a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE); a major step in the information technology world, but another alphabet certification. The only problem is that out of all the tests I'm going to be taking; the least likely to be used in the professional world will be the Vista certification.
There is still a need for MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) certification credit, because, currently, most professional settings are still using Windows XP.
However, the professional world has not embraced Vista and is waiting for Windows 7. The advantage that I see with MCTS certification is if I am doing computer diagnostic, repair, and implementation in the retail environment; going back where I came from. This is where most consumers have already migrated in some shape and form to Windows Vista; including me.
Honestly though, I still am an avid fan of Vista because of the potential it should have had if Microsoft had not released it prematurely and actually did their research and development properly. This is no hit towards Microsoft in anyway; I'm just trying to maximize my certification process to the fullest.
However, ABANDON SHIP from Vista and set sail on a successful ride on Windows 7 (Microsoft's birthday wish)!
So how about those certifications for Vista that will be retired in about a couple of years?