04 December 2008

Microsoft Learning & Hands-On Labs

If you've never checked out the Microsoft Learning site I would recommend giving it a look.  This site provides a great deal of training-related information for various Microsoft products.  You can easily find training for a variety of products based on the learning resource types, technologies, or subjects.

You can also search for a specific exam and get detailed information on what materials are available for use in preparing for the exam.  It will also give you other useful information such as what certifications does the exam apply to.

Another cool feature of the site are the Learning Plans.  There are several pre-defined learning plans that allow you to easily add a group of learning resources to your "My Learning" page.  For example, you can select the Learning Plan for MCPD Certification as a Web Developer and get a list of steps that you can follow to achieve the MCPD Certification as a Web Developer.

The best part of this site is that a lot of the content is offered for free (who can resist free on-line training? :-).  As of this post, here is a list of the developer-related e-learning modules available for free (or you can view all current free items on-line by clicking here):

Distributed Applications

Windows and Smart Client

.NET 3.0


SharePoint Technologies


Microsoft BizTalk

Microsoft SQL Server

Hands-On Labs

There are also several hands-on labs available for free.  Here is a short list of a few of them - I have no doubt there are others available as well:

Happy learning!

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