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Microsoft to shut down TechNet subscription service

  1. #31


    Your previous. I have been an MVP for a few years. TechNet and MSD have been free but not automatic - you have to apply. That is why I started the enquiry. I have posted on the MVP pages but am still struggling for an answer
    I believe your keys will, after the TechNet closure, continue to be valid..

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  2. #32


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    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Your previous. I have been an MVP for a few years. TechNet and MSD have been free but not automatic - you have to apply. That is why I started the enquiry. I have posted on the MVP pages but am still struggling for an answer
    I believe your keys will, after the TechNet closure, continue to be valid..
    I hope so. Shawn Brink thinks not over at the Vista forums.. let's hope you are right.
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  3. #33


    Microsoft kills TechNet, but the fate of its software licenses is murky

    Sales of TechNet subscriptions will end Aug. 31, but can subscribers continue to use their already-purchased software beyond TechNet's demise?
    TechNet Subscription Agreement:
    The subscription provides you with access to software and associated benefits. When your subscription concludes, you will no longer have access to the software or any associated benefits and must discontinue your use of the software... You may not use the software if you do not have an active subscription... The subscription is provided through a private computer network that Microsoft operates... The technology or other means Microsoft uses may hinder or otherwise affect your use of the subscription.


    Microsoft kills TechNet, but the fate of its software licenses is murky | Microsoft windows - InfoWorld
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  4. #34


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Thanks for the link. It looks like MS have to live this one down somehow and exit without egg on their faces. Time will tell. At least in my case I know I have until April 12 next year before total panic may, or may not, set in. ;-)
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  5. #35


    Toronto
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64-Bit


    Hi Members,

    I am not 100% on this matter but 99.9% that all the keys used or most current keys dropped within your TechNet Serials will be blocked and black listed I just got off the phone with one of the Managers at TechNet and that's what I was told, 20mins ago

    Rumours have it around Microsoft USA, and Microsoft Canada, MSDN could be next on the chopping block...

    Lets wait and see!
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  6. #36


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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    What is meant by "dropped within your TechNet Serials" and why 'most'....not 'all'? If that's word for word what they said, then I suspect that person was hedging their bets. I feel we are going to be hearing a lot more about this in the days and weeks ahead. It's getting very bad press internationally.
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  7. #37


    The query comes up periodically. But this could be a new ball game, as The TechNet sub is actually closing. The last time I read an exchange (On the TechNet forums I think), it was established that any keys downloaded and used to activate, would not expire with the subscription. Catch 22 is that you are not supposed to use the software without a subscription!
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  8. #38


    Toronto
    Posts : 82
    Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    What is meant by "dropped within your TechNet Serials" and why 'most'....not 'all'? If that's word for word what they said, then I suspect that person was hedging their bets. I feel we are going to be hearing a lot more about this in the days and weeks ahead. It's getting very bad press internationally.
    I agree Ex,

    I have been a member for over 15 years with TechNet and also MSDN Services, and also I have some Stocks with Microsoft and its not looking too well within the last 12 to 6 month period...

    It looks to me that Microsoft is slowly losing their drive and power within the IT market, as it has been talked about for a few years now and time will tell... where Microsoft will be heading from this point forward in the future...

    Ex, keep your eyes open and read the reports on Google Corp, Google will be bringing out some new PC Operating systems by the end of this year and from here onward in 2014
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  9. #39


    Toronto
    Posts : 82
    Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    The query comes up periodically. But this could be a new ball game, as The TechNet sub is actually closing. The last time I read an exchange (On the TechNet forums I think), it was established that any keys downloaded and used to activate, would not expire with the subscription. Catch 22 is that you are not supposed to use the software without a subscription!
    Like is have said on a phone call with one of their Managers, I think 99.9% of all these current keys will be lifted and black listed as soon as TechNet closes their doors
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  10. #40


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Your previous. I have been an MVP for a few years. TechNet and MSD have been free but not automatic - you have to apply. That is why I started the enquiry. I have posted on the MVP pages but am still struggling for an answer
    I believe your keys will, after the TechNet closure, continue to be valid..
    I think Microsoft would be facing a big backlash if they blacklisted TechNet keys. I do believe they retain the right to cancel your keys when your subscription runs out but that's "at their discretion". They can but its not a given that they will. I seem to remember reading that when I signed up for my free TechNet and MSDN subscriptions. I'm hoping they don't cancel them. It wouldn't be a big deal for me if they did I've only used one or two keys.
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