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  1. #41


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Time will tell. If I go dark you know I am now using a chalk and blackboard and an abacus, somewhere in the Himalayas.

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  2. #42


    Toronto
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    Time will tell. If I go dark you know I am now using a chalk and blackboard and an abacus, somewhere in the Himalayas.
    Ex,

    Lets wait and see cuz this is going to be a big problem for Microsoft over TechNet and perhaps MSDN ( looks like Microsoft is really in trouble in the sounds of things )

    Keep your eyes open in regards to Google with their new OS's that will be coming out later this year

    Matter of fact I really think Windows 8 Pro and this SP1 for Windows 8 that is called Windows 8.1 is a bummer and loser for Microsoft in every aspect within the PC Desktop and High End Laptop Markets, ( I think they lost their shirts on Windows 8 Pro and Windows Blue )
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  3. #43


    I think MSDN subscriptions are staying around (for now, anyway). Microsoft's take on all this is that there are other means for testing and evaluating new software, and that TechNet really doesn't serve that purpose as well anymore.

    What they say publicly and what is really driving this decision could be very different, of course.
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  4. #44


    Toronto
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryE View Post
    I think MSDN subscriptions are staying around (for now, anyway). Microsoft's take on all this is that there are other means for testing and evaluating new software, and that TechNet really doesn't serve that purpose as well anymore.

    What they say publicly and what is really driving this decision could be very different, of course.

    I agree Terry with your comments but something negative is going down within Microsoft that none of us are aware just yet, I have been told the Mr, Gates has not been a happy camper for a few years with his Design and Engineering Heads down in Microsoft USA Head Quarters
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  5. #45


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


    Google may be on to something later in the year but I have to stay with Windows for testing purposes. So may have to go for broke and finance an MSDN subscription, which is definitely continuing according to MS. With my setup it's really a moot point as to whether or not I am evaluating or using it in a production environment anyway and I suppose some could argue I have no leg to stand on anyway as I'm "producing" at least some of the time.
    MS have only themselves to blame for their loss of market share in recent years because they steadfastly refuse to listen to testers and reviewers, and the public in general for that matter and whilst I could never believe that they are short of cash, I'm not surprised at all that Mr. Gates wishes he'd never relinquished his postition.
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  6. #46


    Toronto
    Posts : 82
    Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    Google may be on to something later in the year but I have to stay with Windows for testing purposes. So may have to go for broke and finance an MSDN subscription, which is definitely continuing according to MS. With my setup it's really a moot point as to whether or not I am evaluating or using it in a production environment anyway and I suppose some could argue I have no leg to stand on anyway as I'm "producing" at least some of the time.
    MS have only themselves to blame for their loss of market share in recent years because they steadfastly refuse to listen to testers and reviewers, and the public in general for that matter and whilst I could never believe that they are short of cash, I'm not surprised at all that Mr. Gates wishes he'd never relinquished his postition.
    Ex,

    I agree with you point all the way and right to the point.

    In regards to MSDN I again think they have a microscope on MSDN in regards in how much coin that section pulls in for Microsoft and if the numbers sound and look low, Microsoft will also pull the plug on MSDN and then the only one left is the MS Partners group where I am a long standing member and if MSDN does also belly up like TechNet rest assure MS Partners network will get themselves under the Microscope and that will be it for any long term testing of current and new Microsoft Technologies and then the general user base will be in trouble
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  7. #47


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Yow! This is too bad, Technet has been an old friend for a long time for me. It has been a forum where MS has been storing all kinds of usable information about every OS since 2000 or maybe even prior OSes. I think the first thing I ever downloaded from there was a Windows XP x64 Trial, which I was able to disable the Time Bomb and keep using. I really liked that, this was in early 2006, when it looked like the next OS was going to be the 64 bit version of XP, but Intel released it's Core Duo without iA64 support, forcing them to make Vista 32 bit.

    I've been a constant visitor there ever since. What new service is going to replace this, I wonder? This has been the only MS resource for Devs and System Builders. It sounds like they will move all of the Tech Papers over to MSDN? I hope they do, cos I have to read these things.

    Goodbye, Old Friend.
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  8. #48


    I don't think TechNet itself is going away - just the software subscription service. TechNet itself is someplace I visit frequently, and it's not limited to subscribers. I have found a lot of useful information there.
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  9. #49


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    There was a change in the TechNet terms of service last summer. The new terms stated that your keys would expire when your subscription expired. Prior to that the keys would not expire. I did not renew back in Oct and my keys are still active. Don't know what will happen in the future but there is no guarantee that ALL the keys will not be deactivated but maybe just the keys that you received after the new terms went into effect.

    Jim
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  10. #50


    I am by no means, an MS Fanboy. But, I have always had fair dealings with them when it came to a dispute, large or small. I honestly believe that, in the matter of key expiry, it is a question of not rocking the boat too much.
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