While it may seem like a long time, the 3 year validity period for the new MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) exams are approaching as early as the end of this year for some. It appears that Microsoft is releasing specific re-certification exams.
For example, to re-certify for MCSE: Server Infrastructure you need to take the 70-980 exam (https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-ca/exam-70-980.aspx) which costs $150 like any other MCP exam. This means, you are essentially paying a $50 per year per certificate subscription to stay certified.
All the details can be found on Microsoft’s website, with all the exams being released by the end of March 2015:
Yes, recertification is required. To recertify your MCSE certification, you must pass the applicable recertification exam once every three years.
Between August 2014 and March 2015, recertification exams will be released for all MCSE and MCSD specialties. Recertification exams will cover material from the exams taken to originally earn the credential, with particular emphasis on the most recent product and process changes. Recertification deadlines for all MCSE and MCSD credential holders will be examined and adjusted, if needed, to ensure that these individuals have at least 12 months to take and pass the recertification exam.