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  MS Kills TechNet
Time: 15:06 EST/20:06 GMT | News Source: | Posted By: John Quigley

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 Microsoft respects your privacy. Review our online Privacy Statement. Microsoft Corporation One Microsoft Way Redmond, WA, USA 98052

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#1 By 8556 ( at 7/1/2013 11:52:42 PM
Technet was a great spot to download old OS's and programs for reinstalling on licensed older PC's, such as Windows 7 Starter on netbooks that had a dead hard drive. Technet was a way to run server systems long term to test various configurations and OS version support. Microsoft, you have raised prices to us "partners" over the years, fed us with BS on how you are helping us while shoving the knife in, and now you're killing Technet as it serves some undisclosed corporate purpose. Your PR isn't fooling anyone. You guys never learn how not to screw the people that throw money at you. Jerks.

#2 By 28801 ( at 7/2/2013 9:17:47 AM
Let's face it, there were a lot of abuses with licensing and use of the OSes and software provided by Technet. You still have the alternative of MSDN albeit a pricey alternative.

#3 By 8556 ( at 7/2/2013 10:46:29 AM
#2: I am aware of the more expensive alternative. The fact that MS gives me no choice in the matter is what pisses me off. I repeat, they're jerks.

#4 By 15406 ( at 7/4/2013 1:03:13 PM
#2: Always the apologist, eh?

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