This may be old news, but I just found out yesterday when I was browsing Microsoft.com. Microsoft is now taking vendor neutral certifications such as CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ towards their MCSA, MCSE etc certs. so I was pleased to find out that I am now an MCSA due to applying my CompTIA certs. If they were not taking them I would still be one credit shy. I don't know if this applys to anyone, but I thought I would put it out there.