I've been in IT and a database professional since 1984. Over the years, my career has progressed and each new job has been much better than the previous. Each time I changed (6 employers 5 changes) jobs it was a substantial advancement in position, salary, and benefits. These advancements were all based on my experience. I have no certifications. I completed my BSIT in 2006 and I completed my MBA in 2011.
So in nearly 30 years, it's been my experience that certifications mean nothing. I'm very happy that I didn't waste any time, money, or energy in the pursuit of meaningless designations.
To answer your question, I couldn't care less about these changes in the Microsoft certification process (aka waste of time).