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Microsoft announcing a new “Online Proctored” offering for some certification exams. So Microsoft EXAM from Home\Office is possible

I recent got to know that Microsoft announcing a new “Online Proctored” offering for some certification exams, yes it means that now you can give your your Microsoft EXAM from Home\Office, etc. Now that makes your life more easy and a Big thanks to Microsoft for same. “Online Proctored” is not yet announced for India but as it is in Beta phase we expect India to be part of same in next Phase. Below are the Countries eligible for same:
Australia
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Egypt
Finland
Ireland
Kenya
Malaysia
Mexico
Norway
Peru
Philippines
Russia
Singapore
South Africa
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
United States
Uruguay
In past I know the amount of time I use to spend checking the room somewhat between the exams I took. Once I was asked empty my pockets(mobile phone, wallet, bluetooth, etc), show your arms, etc. Basically We were surrounded by white walls and glasses with no one sitting near to us as if it is a police interrogation. During this “Online Proctored” exam you will be asked if your pockets are empty but no one actually checks 😉

Do read the rules and regulations properly before you attend “Online Proctored” exam.

In “Online Proctored” the test is very much similar to the normal testing experience except a window on top of the screen which will show you what proctor was seeing.

If the proctor observe anything strange, you will get a little popup from proctor saying “reading some of the questions aloud which is not permitted”, “please do not do it again or we will end the exam” warning. Or if you move away from camera, you will be notified and you will get a similar message.

It’s encouraging to see Microsoft applying new testing methods to the certification process and I look forward to seeing how certification exams evolve in the future.

Know more about same on

https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/online-proctored-exams.aspx

http://www.pearsonvue.com/microsoft/op/

Free Skype calls from India to the United States and Canada

Skype has recently announced a awesome promotion today for India users. For limited period of time i.e. until March 1, 2015 all new and current Skype users of India will be able to avail this offer. Best part is that this does not limit to Business users or Personal users.

Before making any Skype call do make sure you read the entire terms of this promotion.
Below are some of consideration to avoid unwanted telemarketing and spam throughout the promotional period:

• Calling numbers (whether singly, sequentially or automatically) to generate income for yourself or others as a result of placing the call, other than for your individual business communications.
• Re selling Skype call minutes.
• Calls related to telemarketing or call centre operations.
• Sharing minutes between users whether via a PBX, call centre, computer or any other means.
; and
• Unusual calling patterns inconsistent with normal use, for example, regular calls of short duration or calls to multiple numbers in a short period of time.

As we all know Skype is active for in marketing all its services for everyone and improving on available functionality. Seems like Mr Satya  is putting good effort in the VoIP service and we might well be seeing a lot more surprises from it in the near future.

Note: Some limitations do apply to prevent abuse of the service

For more details check

http://www.skype.com/en/free-calls-from-india/

#REBOOT – Biggest Community Event in the Country‏

Many of you are aware about the Community Platform last year with the brand #REBOOT and hosted seminars in 2 cities (Bangalore and Hyderabad) in a parallel track model. Reboot is an annual event where MVP’s with Support from Microsoft conduct seminars on selected technologies and it is hosted by MVPs across selected cities in India.

We are planning to do it this time in Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Any changes in Venue will be announced.

Agenda is not up yet so as soon as Venue decided we will share agenda as well with you folks….. Stay Tuned…………………….

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