Senior Business Strategy Manager for MS Learning Larry Kaye announced the reshaping of the entire Microsoft Certification program yesterday in a Born to Learn blog post entitled "Microsoft Streamlines Technical Certifications." Going forward there will be 4 MCSE tracks and only 1 MCSD track -- namely:

  • MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure - focusing on skills validation for Windows Server and Microsoft Azure
  • MCSE: Mobility - focusing on skills validation for Windows Client and Enterprise Mobility Suite
  • MCSE: Data Management and Analysis - focusing on skills validation for both on-premises and cloud-based Microsoft data products and services
  • MCSE: Productivity - focusing on skills validation for Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, and Skype for Business
  • MCSD: App Builder - focusing on skills validation for Web and Mobile app development
Also, no more recert exams. Each expert-level cert includes an elective, where taking a new elective renews the credential for another year. See the blog post for all the details.

Source: Born to Learn blog post "Microsoft Streamlines Technical Certifications"