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Microsoft to shut down TechNet subscription service

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    Microsoft to shut down TechNet subscription service

    Good night, TechNet.

    In a letter to subscribers today, Microsoft announced that it plans to retire its venerable TechNet subscriptions service. New subscriptions will no longer be available after August 31, 2013, and the subscription service will shut down as current subscribers' contracts end.
    Read more at: Microsoft to shut down TechNet subscription service | ZDNet[/B]

    Microsoft email to subscribers:

    Microsoft is retiring the TechNet Subscription service.
    As IT trends and business dynamics have evolved, so has Microsoft’s set of offerings for IT professionals who are looking to learn, evaluate and deploy Microsoft technologies and services. In recent years, we have seen a usage shift from paid to free evaluation experiences and resources. As a result, Microsoft has decided to retire the TechNet Subscriptions service and will discontinue sales on August 31, 2013.
    Additional Information:
    More background on Microsoft’s decision to retire the TechNet Subscription service and the implications for current subscribers is available on the TechNet Subscriptions Retirement FAQ page.

    Subscribers with active accounts may continue to access program benefits until their current subscription period concludes.

    We are committed to helping customers through this transition phase and will remain focused on providing IT professionals with free access to a broad set of
    TechNet assets that support the needs of IT professionals around the world.

    Improved Free Offerings for IT Professionals Include:

    • TechNet Evaluation Center: Free evaluation software with no feature limits, available for 30-180 days. Includes rich evaluation resources and TechNet Virtual Labs, which enable you to evaluate software without the need to install bits locally.
    • Microsoft Virtual Academy: Free online learning site, with over 200 expert-led technical training courses across more than 15 Microsoft technologies with more added weekly.
    • TechNet Forums: Free online forums where IT professionals can ask technical questions and receive rapid responses from members of the community.

    Please note, MSDN Subscriptions provide a paid set of offerings that are also available for those who require access to evaluation software beyond what the above free offerings provide.
    Thank you for your understanding as we increase focus on growing and investing in our free offerings to better meet the needs of the IT professional community.
    Do not reply to this e-mail. This message was sent to you using an automated system. This e-mail alias is not monitored for replies.
    - TechNet Subscription Team

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    Last edited by Brink; 02 Jul 2013 at 10:03.

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    Full details - why and when:

    TechNet Subscriptions and Licensing
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,374
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    Hi there
    Well fortunately mine will last until Aug 2014 as my subscription gets renewed on 07 aug which I will do for one last time.

    I always thought that the TECHNET subscriptions were rather TOO generous -- but what I will do is get the products I want plus all the keys and then that will suffice probably until well into my retirement -- I can't see myself messing around with computers for too much longer anyway. I'm semi-retired in any case now.

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    Just received my letter, this is what happens when too many people misuse their subs.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    Here's my email notice too

    I suspect the original offer was far too good and whatever the "Excuse" is Piracy was a big issue here. MSDN subscriptions are a totally different ballgame and are in general far too expensive for the average person.

    Anyway this is the email you get. (scr shot enc)

    @Shawn -- can you merge these two threads on this topic please --thanks.

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  8. #8

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    I think what they're saying here is that they generally offer 30, 60, 120, and 180 day evalutation copies of most software, so why have the TechNet subscriptions (which are only supposed to be used for testing anyways. If you need longer than 180 days, you can always re-install).

    Sounds more like a cost savings measure rather than worrying about piracy.
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    From what I read on the TechNet site it doesn't appear that piracy concerns were the driving factor. It looks like Microsoft is seeing more use of their online virtual labs and other resources. TechNet is apparently not the primary means that IT pros use for evaluating new products.

    It does appear that for now, anyway, MSDN subscriptions will continue.

    My sideline (not my full-time job) is teaching college-level IT courses so I am always trying to introduce students to the newest OS and to highlight the changes from one version to the next. Students generally use evaluation copies in the labs and those are well-suited to the typical semester course. I haven't used the MS virtual labs but I might look into that some more as a possible future vehicle for giving students hands-on experience with new technologies.
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    just read my email notice to,and just got my mvp notice[for year 5 now] also. i will get free msdn but thinking i will not get a renewal of tecnet giving its set to expire soon,my first year of technet they allowed 5 key for all software,its down to 3 now ,and msdn is down to 3 from 10 key my first year
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