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Microsoft to shut down TechNet subscription service

  1. #11


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Congrats on getting your MVP status renewed there Caperjack.

    I haven't got my e-mail notice yet. I signed up for the free TechNet and MSDN. One seems to be an almost duplicate of the other. I'm sure there are differences in what's offered but I don't think it will impact me much. I'm retired so my wants and needs are small compared to you IT types.

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  2. #12


    Toronto
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64-Bit


    Well 1 down meaning TechNet and 1 more to go and that will be MSDN in 2014 or the latest 2015 for MSDN as they have been saying for TechNet and MSDN will be the next one cut
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    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.


    Quote Originally Posted by TerryE View Post
    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.
    I'm seriously thinking about buying a MSDN subscription, the prices are not that salty.

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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    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
    Is that a very recent change?

    I was offered 5 keys for Windows 8, on it's introduction, from MSDN, and this has continued with Windows 8.1. My memory slips, but I don't remember an offer for ten. It would have been a little hard to justify their use in my case.
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  5. #15


    Bay Area
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    Congrats on the MVP renewal caperjack. Not to be overlooked

    A Guy
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  6. #16


    I don't have a problem with this myself. I only use my MSDN for testing, and lately I have just started to use the 180 day walls evals as my testing never lasts that long. I'm almost ready to say that I don't need my MSDN account much longer either.
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  7. #17


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    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
    Is that a very recent change?

    I was offered 5 keys for Windows 8, on it's introduction, from MSDN, and this has continued with Windows 8.1. My memory slips, but I don't remember an offer for ten. It would have been a little hard to justify their use in my case.
    I can get up to 3 keys on TechNet and up to 5 keys on MSDN. 3 is more than enough for me personally.
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    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
    Is that a very recent change?

    I was offered 5 keys for Windows 8, on it's introduction, from MSDN, and this has continued with Windows 8.1. My memory slips, but I don't remember an offer for ten. It would have been a little hard to justify their use in my case.
    I can get up to 3 keys on TechNet and up to 5 keys on MSDN. 3 is more than enough for me personally.
    thanks for the congrats ,5years and counting ,actually didn't thing i would get it again this years as my online activity is down in the last year or so .yeah 3 keys are plenty ,never used most of what i have access to ,
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  9. #19


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
    Congrats on the MVP renewal caperjack. Not to be overlooked

    A Guy
    Thank you ,don't expect to much from ,didn't get it for bring smart ,lol
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  10. #20


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    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
    Is that a very recent change?

    I was offered 5 keys for Windows 8, on it's introduction, from MSDN, and this has continued with Windows 8.1. My memory slips, but I don't remember an offer for ten. It would have been a little hard to justify their use in my case.
    yeah ,your right my mistake ,it is 5 ,a few years back it was 10,i have 10 keys for many different versions of winxp from msnd and 5 from technet ,its down to 3 now though ,and i have to add mine is free so i don't gain any new keys each year ,except if a new OS comes out .
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