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Microsoft to shut down TechNet subscription service

  1. #21


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    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post

    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 ,
    I'm just happy to have access to clean unaltered official Microsoft ISO images. I think I used one Windows 8 code to update my laptop to 8 Pro so I could add Media Center and one Office 2013 code. Getting my hands on MDOP and MSDart was a bonus too.

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  2. #22


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    [QUOTE=alphanumeric;251443][QUOTE=caperjack;251433]
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post

    Getting my hands on MDOP and MSDart was a bonus too.
    yeah they are handy to have ,giving that the msdn and technet are for me to use for evaluation ,that what i do with them ,i evaluate them and i have friends /coworkers who work in computer repair ,and they use them also for evaluation ,so i use a few keys ,but most go unused for sure
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  3. #23


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Your MVP download service st MSDN will continue as long as you are one, so you wont really be badly effected, but general members such as myself will be once their subscriptions expire. Most of my stuff comes from my Technet Plus subscription. MSDN membership is just too expensive for the average person, the first year at least.
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  4. #24


    You are also correct. Just dusted off my Xp stuff, and I see 10 keys floating around
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  5. #25


    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    Your MVP download service st MSDN will continue as long as you are one, so you wont really be badly effected, .
    I have read that reassurance, on several third party links. But, for my own peace of mind, could you point me to the original statement confirming that - it eludes me!
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  6. #26


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    It's right there on the ZDNet page. I haven't yet received the email so can't vouch for what it says.
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  7. #27


    That I can read. But I don't see it on the original MS page.
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  8. #28


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Sorry I did search. MVP's have always had a free Technet membership anyway and now they have an MSDN one, I know because I used to be one, just didn't say yes often enough to keep it up I suppose. To us peons an MSDN subscription is really out of the question at $699 for the 1st year and then $299/year thereafter.

    What I can't quite ascertain is do the existing license keys die with the end of the subscription or with end of life of the OS itself?

    In my case I will be forced to purchase a whole bunch of OS's and Office software just to get new keys if that's the case. Maybe MSDN is worth it after all.
    Last edited by Ex_Brit; 04 Jul 2013 at 15:22.
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  9. #29


    That I can read. But I don't see it on the original MS page.
    fwiw. This is the Emaii:
    "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.
    - TechNet Subscription
    Team


    Microsoft respects your privacy. Review our online Privacy
    Statement
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    Way
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  10. #30


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    Not sure what "may continue to access program benefits until their current subscription period concludes" means as far as use of the actual license keys go. I never used most of the benefits they are referring to there anyway.

    I just emailed Technet giving them a tongue lashing for not emailing me.
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