As Windows 7 gets nearer and nearer to a rumored release date this year, the Microsoft Learning Group will be close behind with an exam for the OS. Before that happens, the exam still must be put to the usual beta test cycle. The Born to Learn blog announced a few days ago that the Windows 7 beta test will take place from May 5 to 18, with registration opening up for the exam on April 27.

Microsoft Learning expects Exam 70-680 TS: Windows 7, Configuring (dubbed 71-680 while in beta and for registration purposes) to be a popular one, even though some surveys are indicating the OS won’t be on many corporate upgrade schedules in the coming year.

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Microsoft also has two other Windows 7 exams in development: 70-685, MCTS: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician, and 70-686, MCITP: Windows 7, Desktop Administrator. Guides for the Windows 7 exams have yet to be posted to the Microsoft Learning site as of this writing. As usual, this exam beta will be free; the code can be found here. Candidates who pass the beta will earn the MCTS: Windows 7, Configuring certification.

Best materials and resources for MCTS 70-680:
Although there is no Microsoft E-learning training, Microsoft Press books currently available for 70-680 and the notes from TechNet or some other materials related with this technology are also good for our 70-680 preparation. Especially, the TechNet notes are best materials. Even when you have 70-680 MS press books to prepare this .net exam, you also need to rely on TechNet notes to study those books. It is known that there always are several unavoidable errors or faults on the MS press books, which sometimes should be corrected according as the TechNet notes. Of course the errors won’t always happen.

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