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The title says it all. Just received an email with the following message:

 

 

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

 

 

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I'm taking up a collection for an MSDN collection! lol ..jk

 

Wow! This is some lousy news. But I'm covered until next May. I hope...

 

 

 

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I believe that as long as you get access to 2012R2 in all flavors as well as Windows 8.1, you should be good on Enterprise editions for about 24 months.  But  yes, it does stink.

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The question is whether they are adding new products after 8/31. I assume that Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 will not be released before that date. So my question is whether these will be available under Technet or not.

 

This company just f*cks everything good up. The closest MSDN subscription for OS + Office is >$6000. I may have to find another hobby...

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The question is whether they are adding new products after 8/31. I assume that Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 will not be released before that date. So my question is whether these will be available under Technet or not.

 

This company just f*cks everything good up. The closest MSDN subscription for OS + Office is >$6000. I may have to find another hobby...

 

Are you kidding me. We should be happy the ride lasted as long as it did. As a shareholder I felt the program was eroding profits. They finally woke up. I too wish it wouldn't end but any company with any type of leadership would be doing this.

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I think Microsoft has more to worry about than a few thousand TechNet subscriptions.  The program is advertising they don't have to pay for and to cut it off is just plain foolish.

 

Eroding profits? Hardly.  The red ring of death on the X-Box 360 was far more costly than anything a TechNet subscription could do to the bottom line.

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