Microsoft Helps MCPs Get SocialBy Jessica Davis | Print
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The software giant launches social networking and differentiator tools as it prepares to launch Windows Server 2008.Microsoft has launched a suite of tools aimed at driving greater networking and interaction between its Microsoft Certified Professionals and allowing them to differentiate themselves.
The software giant is giving MCPs access to the partner level of its Microsoft Product Support Knowledge Base, previously accessible only to Microsoft partners and Most Valuable Professionals, or MVPs. It includes technical information not available to the general public.
In addition, the company is providing MCPs with social networking tools such as an MCP directory search capability and personal landing pages on the Microsoft.com site.
Microsoft said MCPs can use the member directory search capability to find peers locally or nationally for professional networking, mentoring and community involvement.
The new landing pages for individual MCPs are expected to drive community interaction and MCPs' visibility within the worldwide community, the company added. MCPs will define who can access their community profilesthe worldwide public, MCP peers or Microsoft only.
MCPs will also get new tools to help them manage their credentials. Transcript Manager lets MCPs download all credentials earned in both XPS and PDF formats. Certificate Manager lets them download high-resolution Microsoft certifications in both file formats within days of achieving the certifications.
"As new technology is released, Microsoft is investing in benefits for MCPs that provide ongoing value that will help them improve their performance on the job while distinguishing themselves from their peers," said Lutz Ziob, general manager of Microsoft Learning, in a statement.