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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

Azure Active Directory Domain Services generally available

Microsoft announced the generally availability of Azure Active Directory Domain Services. Pricing will begin on December 1, 2016. The original pricing model, proposed during public preview, included three prices based on number of directory objects: 0–5,000, 5,000–25,000, and 25,000–100,000. Now Microsoft combined the first two tiers into a single price point for all directories with under 25,000 objects and lowered the price by 25 percent. If your directory size is under 25,000 objects, you will continue to see usage listed against “S2 Domain Services Hours” on your invoice until December 1, 2016. After that, it will be renamed “S1 Domain Services Hours.” If your directory size is between 25,000 and 100,000 objects, you will see usage listed against “S3 Domain Services Hours” on your invoice until December 1, 2016, after which it will be renamed “S2 Domain Services Hours.”

More information on this Link.

To learn more about Azure Active Directory Domain Services, please visit the Azure Active Directory Domain Services webpage.

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Office 365 Guide: Change your Tenant to First Release

Moving your Office 365 Tenant to First Release you will get the new features in first hand, way before the regular tenants get then. Of course this option has a certain risk involved and is not advised to Production Tenants.


In order to change your Office 365 Tenant to get the First Release feature you should follow this steps:

1. Access to the Office 365 Administration Portal under: http://portal.office.com and login with your administration credentials.

2. Under Settings choose the Organization Profile option.


3. In the Organization profile, under Release preferences you should click in Edit


4. In this screen you should choose the First release for everyone option if you want that all your users, or First release for selected users if you want to only have first release news for only a subset of your users on Office 365.


If you choose the First release for select users you will need to choose the list of users that will have access to the new features of Office 365 before the final release for all the other Tenants.