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Grow your skills for the new era of IT

Preparing for the new cloud-enabled platforms means building on the skills you've already developed. Find training resources around each platform from introductions and primers, to courses and books, and all the way to certifications.


Editor's Note: 2012 launch wave = 2013 training wave

No time for a collective “whew!” As 2012 winds down, following the most extensive launch wave in Microsoft’s history, it’s tempting to look back and enjoy the accomplishment. But for many of you, 2013 will be a time of testing and training for these new platforms.


IDC predicts widening cloud skills gap for IT

Lack of training, certification or experience are the top three reasons why an estimated 1.7 million open cloud-related positions were not filled in 2012.


Windows Server 2012

Evaluate Windows Server 2012

Register for the 180-day free trial and access technical resources to assist in your testing. Download the trial and get started with these training resources:


System Center 2012 & Private Cloud

Download Microsoft Private Cloud evaluation software

This evaluation download includes the System Center 2012 lineup of management solutions plus optional Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 download. Download the trial and get started with these training resources:


Windows 8

Download Windows 8 Enterprise evaluation

The Windows 8 Enterprise 90-day evaluation is designed specifically to help IT professionals test their software and hardware on the final version of Windows 8 Enterprise. Download the trial and get started with these training resources:


Windows Azure

Try Windows Azure free for 90 days

Your free trial includes 750 small compute hours per month, 10 web sites, 10 mobile services, 1 SQL database, 35GB with 50,000,000 storage transactions, unlimited inbound bandwidth and 20GB outbound. Download the trial and check out these training resources:


SQL Server 2012

Download Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1 trial

As the foundation of the cloud-ready information platform, SQL Server 2012 will help organizations unlock insights across the organization as well quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and public cloud.


Related Technet Features

Lead the way with new cloud skills

IT pros are now called upon to adapt existing skills and develop new skill sets to meet the demand for emerging cloud job roles.


Transforming IT with Private Cloud

Microsoft private cloud solutions are built using Windows Server with Hyper-V and System Center – the combination of which provides enterprise class virtualization, end-to-end service management and deep insight into applications.