In its 13th year, the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship attracted more than 400,000 unique candidates from 130 countries who competed to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. 123 student finalists participated in the final round of competition.
The 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champions in PowerPoint 2007 are:
- Tyler Millis, USA, first place
- Tsu-Chieh Lin, Taiwan, second place
- Jingdan Cui, China, third place
Certiport recognized Tyler at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship Student Awards Ceremony at Disney’s Grand Californian Resort and presented him with a $5,000 scholarship.
“Microsoft Office Specialist certification gives students a way to become tangibly prepared for college or a career,” said Margo Day, vice president of US education at Microsoft. “Today’s job market requires computer proficiency and all individuals who earn certification have a valuable credential proving their skills. We congratulate the top winners for their extra efforts and look forward to seeing how they put their superior Microsoft Office skills to use in their future endeavors.”
In the concluding round, competitors participated in unique project-based tests to demonstrate their ability to create presentations for the information presented in PowerPoint.
“More than 740,000 exams were uploaded as part of this competition, and the MOS World Champions are tops in an elite group of individuals who know how to use Microsoft Office tools effectively,” said Bob Whelan, president and chief executive officer for Pearson VUE. “Microsoft Office Specialist certification continues to grow in popularity all over the world, allowing more students to prove they have the academic and workforce skills to succeed.”