the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) was a series of advanced-level certifications offered by Microsoft. However, Microsoft announced changes to their certification structure, including the retirement of the MCSE certifications, as they transitioned to role-based certifications. Please note that the information I provide might not be up to date, so I recommend checking Microsoft's official certification website for the latest information.
Prior to the changes, the MCSE certifications were designed for IT professionals seeking to demonstrate their expertise in various Microsoft technologies and solutions. The MCSE certifications covered more advanced and specialized topics compared to the MCSA certifications. Some of the popular MCSE tracks included:
- MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure: This track covered advanced topics related to cloud technologies, virtualization, and data center management using Microsoft Azure and Windows Server.
- MCSE: Productivity Solutions Expert: This track focused on advanced skills related to Microsoft Office 365 and other collaboration and productivity solutions.
- MCSE: Data Management and Analytics: This track covered advanced topics in data management and analytics using Microsoft SQL Server and other related technologies.
- MCSE: Mobility Solutions Expert: This track focused on enterprise mobility and security solutions, including managing devices, data protection, and identity management.
Each MCSE track required candidates to hold one of the related MCSA certifications and then pass additional elective exams that were specific to the chosen MCSE track.
Since Microsoft has shifted to role-based certifications, the MCSE certifications have been replaced with certifications that align more closely with specific job roles and skills. For example, you might find certifications like the Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert, Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert, and more. These new certifications are designed to reflect the skills and knowledge required for specific job roles and tasks.