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MPN Competency Changes Go Live

Microsoft pulled the switch today on a previously announced shuffle of competencies in the Microsoft Partner Network.

"Today, the [Unified Communications] competency has been officially retired and we officially launch the Messaging and Communications competencies," wrote Ian Hameroff, group product manager of Exchange Partner Marketing at Microsoft, in a blog post.

Microsoft announced in May that the competency shift would be coming. The move takes the 28-competency MPN structure up to 29 competencies.

By product, the Messaging competency is focused on Microsoft Exchange and the Communications competency is focused on Microsoft Lync. Assessments for the new competencies are scheduled to become available in English by December, with versions in other languages coming later. The assessments will be voluntary until May 2012, when they become mandatory.

Posted by Scott Bekker on October 31, 2011 at 11:58 AM


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