Tiago Costa blog

This blog was created for sharing knowledge for Microsoft Developers and Microsoft Certified Trainers about Office 365, Azure, SharePoint and .Net.

Course 20532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solution Authoring


This has been an amazing year so far! I’m very privileged to do what I love to do. This allows me to get up every day full of energy for one more long working day that sometimes involves flying around the world. 

In the beginning of the year I had the opportunity to share with you that I had authored, together with another three amazing professionals, the 20535A: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions course for Microsoft Learning. This was my first MOC Authoring project and I loved every bit of it. If this was not enough, I just helped on authoring the update of the 20532D: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions MOC course. This project was done with Sidney Andrews has the lead SME. What a great project too. I hope that you all love this update on this Microsoft Azure course and what better way for me to celebrate this? Yes!!!! I’m going to deliver this course next week!!! It will be 4 days of an amazing delivery in the beautiful city of Sofia the capital of Bulgaria.


New Microsoft Azure Exam: 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

Microsoft is creating a new Microsoft Azure Exam - 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions, in order to better align the objective domains to Architecting solutions in Microsoft Azure and not the details in implementing solutions in Azure like we have today in the 70-534 exam.

This new exam will also bring changes to the current certifications that use the now old 70-534 Exam. MCSA and MCSE will start using this in the next few weeks. If you have a current MCSA/MCSE or MCSD certification that used the 70-534, your certification will still be current. I also recommend you to check the new Microsoft Azure Certification that Microsoft is releasing. You can find more information's at:  https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/posts/announcing-three-new-azure-exams


Microsoft is also creating a new MOC (Microsoft Official Course) that aligns with this new exam. It will be the 20535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions. According to the Born to Learn post it will be available in February 2018.


You can find more information in this Born to Learn article: https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/posts/microsoft-exam-70_2d00_535-to-replace-70_2d00_534_3a00_-architecting-microsoft-azure-solutions-on-november-30-_1320_-here_1920_s-what-you-should-know-

SharePoint 2013 Developer exams – New retirement dates


Microsoft will extend the retirement date of the following SharePoint 2013 exams:

  • 488: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions
  • 489: Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions       

Both of these exams should retire on March, 31, 2017, but Microsoft extended the exams until July 31, 2018, so given or take if you haven’t take those exams you have 1 year and 4 months more to take then. SharePoint 2013 is still highly used in companies and we don’t have any SharePoint 2016 developer exam released, so this is a wise decision by Microsoft.


BUT!!!!! Attention, this will not impact on the decision of removing the MCSD: SharePoint Applications certification. If you still plan to get this certification you still have only until March, 31, 2017 (so, less than 3 months) to take the 4 necessary exams.



The 488 and 489 exams are still elective exam for the new MCSD: App Builder Certification