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Michael Walton

Michael Walton

Veteran assistance at Microsoft:

  1. Microsoft Military Affairs Microsoft wants to help more veterans get tech jobs.
  2. Free training through the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy
  3. Tech Transition Toolkit
  4. Free LinkedIn Premium with assistance to help complete your profile. Note: This also applies to military spouses
    How to apply for your veteran FREE premium upgrade video
  5. Product Discounts If you are active, guard or reserve in the military, a veteran or retired, you get Office365 free, and a 10% discount on devices in the Microsoft Store
  6. Microsoft helps with disabled vets — Example: Microsoft helps military veterans with Xbox Adaptive Controller - SamaGame

To learn more, visit the Microsoft Military Affairs blog.

Contact Walton at (859) 466-7239 or michael.walton@microsoft.com.

Free Microsoft certification exams for military — and those in transition — through June 2022!

The Enterprise Skills Initiative (ESI) is a FREE opportunity to get certified in various Microsoft offerings, including one favorite — Power Apps. For those with a .mil account (military, government, contractors), Microsoft is offering FREE vouchers for ALL exams until June 2022. You and your personnel can obtain as many Microsoft certifications as you want and the training is free as well! Simply link your personal email to your work email (usmc.mil, mail.mil, etc.) and you will have the ability to take exams for free (normally $165 for Power Apps), pretest for free (these normally cost money), as well as live, instructor-led virtual training to get you prepared!

Get started:

  1. Create a profile at https://esi.microsoft.com/ (unless you already have one).
  2. Browse certifications.
  3. Select the certification you would like to obtain by selecting "Schedule Exam" on the certification page.
  4. This should reroute you to the MS exam dashboard.
  5. Navigate to the exam discount tab and put in your .mil email. The verification takes about 10 minutes to come through.
  6. Do not exit this page. Wait for the code to come through.
  7. Once you have input the verification code, select the “Claim” button that pops up.
  8. Select “Schedule Exam.” This will reroute you to Pearson Vue.