Re: Visual Studio 2005/.Net Framework 2.0 Certifications - Beta Offer

Yes you will be eligible for the offer...

"Joseph Bittman MVP MCSD" <RyanBittman@xxxxxxx> wrote in message
Feb. 23, 2006

I registered for these exams a few days ago... would people who
registered for these before this announcement still be entered?


Joseph Bittman
Microsoft Certified Solution Developer
Microsoft Most Valuable Professional -- DPM

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"Vishal R Joshi [MSFT]" <vijoshi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Visual Studio 2005/.Net Framework 2.0 Certifications - Beta Offer

You can be a step closer to becoming "Microsoft Certified Professional
Developer (MCPD)" with specialization in any of the below three tracks by
taking a FREE Beta Exam.

MCPD Web Developer
MCPD Windows Developer
MCPD Enterprise Application Developer

And Also Win a Mobile Smartphone or a Wireless Keyboard!!
Help us create great Microsoft Certification exams. Take the Beta version
of Exams 70-547, 70-548, and/or 70-549 and you'll be automatically
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Only one entry per Beta exam, but if you take 2 different Betas you'll be
entered 2 times, and if you take all 3 Betas you'll be entered 3 times.
Microsoft employees and customers are eligible with a few restrictions -
see below for all of the contest rules and regulations. Like the Beta
Exams, this offer is not available in China, India, or Pakistan.

And Also Earn a Free Exam Voucher
In addition, everyone who takes and achieves passing score in the beta
exam will receive a free exam voucher** for any Microsoft Certification
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is also not available in China, India, or Pakistan.

Exams Available Early
Take the Betas starting February 21, 2006 at Pearson VUE locations, and
starting February 27, 2006 at Thomson Prometric testing centers.

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To register for this exam or for information about testing centers in
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Thomson Prometric:
Pearson VUE:

In the U.S./Canada you may also call to register for this exam or to find
information about testing centers in your area:

Thomson Prometric: (800) 755-EXAM (800-755-3926)
Pearson VUE: 800 TEST Registration (800-837-8734)

Use the following promotional codes to register:
71-547 PRO: Designing and Developing Web-based Applications by Using the
Microsoft® .NET Framework. Promo Code: PRO547
71-548 PRO: Designing and Developing Windows®-based Applications by Using
the Microsoft® .NET Framework. Promo Code: BTA548
71-549 PRO: Designing and Developing Enterprise Applications by Using the
Microsoft® .NET Framework. Promo Code: 549BTA

* This sweepstakes invitation is for the Microsoft customers and
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forward to your colleagues, partners, and customers.

** Free exam voucher offer good only for people who pre-register for, and
pass, Exams 71-547, 71-548, and 71-549. Limit one gift per person. This
offer is non-transferable. This offer expires on March 12 2006, or when
registration closes for this Beta exam. Beta exam registration has
limited availability. This offer is not redeemable for cash. Taxes, if
any, are the sole responsibility of the recipient. Any gift returned as
non-deliverable will not be re-sent.

PS: We are looking for more and more technical feedback on the exams so
feel free to reach out to your user groups and communities and let
developers know of this opportunity. Although do note that each exam caps
at 750 Beta participants so there is an official upper limit.


The Microsoft Certification Beta Exam Sweepstakes

Official Rules
Please Note: It is your sole responsibility to review and understand your
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this sweepstakes. To be eligible for the prize drawing, exams must be
completed by 11:59 PM PT on March 12, 2006. A passing score is not
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completed in full to be eligible for the drawing.

Limit one (1) entry per person per beta exam, for a total of 3 possible
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On or around April 15, 2006, 12 winners will be chosen in a random
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Ten winners: One (1) Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 keyboard. Estimated
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resides, and any difference between estimated and actual value will not
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their agency/institution in the form of Microsoft certification exam
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alternate prizes. Random drawing will be conducted under the supervision
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and by the decisions of Microsoft which are final and binding on all
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and selection of an alternate winner. Entrants further grant to Microsoft
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likenesses for advertising and promotional purposes without additional
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Rules do apply...

Vishal R Joshi
Product Planner - Technical |Developer/Database Certifications,
PS: This post is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confer no