Microsoft wants to create a clearer vision for its training resources and will be uniting procedures heading into 2019. With that in mind, the company says the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) will be shuttered. The closure will happen on January 31, although a new service called Microsoft Learn will replace MVA.

While MVA will start to be closed at the end of next month, Microsoft says the service will be phased out throughout 2019.

Virtual Academy provides free online training by experts to help users build technical skills and advance their career opportunities. Microsoft says users can check their dashboard to see which courses are no longer available.

The company adds completion certificates will only be issued for courses finished before January 31, 2019.

Microsoft Learn

As mentioned, while MVA is disappearing next year, Microsoft will maintain a learning environment through its recently announced Microsoft Learn service. Like MVA, Learn provides free interactive learning tools delivers through step-by-step guides, tutorials, scripting lessons, and performance explanations.

When launched in September, Microsoft Learn provided 80 hours of courses for Dynamics 365, Azure, PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, and Power BI. Microsoft says content will be constantly expanded.

Among the features of Microsoft Learn are:

  • All content is organized by a learning path, giving you an end-to-end view of a technology area and ensuring that you build a comprehensive skillset.
  • Learning paths consist of step-by-step tutorials with interactive coding environments that provide free fixed-time access to Azure resources – without requiring a credit card.
  • As you use Microsoft Learn, you can track progress, check knowledge, and validate deployments to earn points, levels, achievements, and trophies.