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[MSFT] Microsoft ending Tech-net subscriptions

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Microsoft is retiring the TechNet Subscriptions service to focus on growing its free offerings, including evaluation resources through the TechNet Evaluation Center, expert-led learning through the Microsoft Virtual Academy, and community-moderated technical support through the TechNet Forums to better meet the needs of the growing IT professional community.

The last day to purchase a TechNet Subscription through the TechNet Subscriptions website is August 31, 2013. Subscribers may activate purchased subscriptions through September 30, 2013.

Microsoft will continue to honor all existing TechNet Subscriptions. Subscribers with active accounts may continue to access program benefits until their current subscription period concludes.

http://technet.microsoft.com/subscriptions/ms772427



This sucks, I just bought a subscription for my company a few months ago.
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Never messed with Technet...though I think we use MSDN in the way they planed Technet to be used anyway.

As long as they don't mess with MSDN I am OK with this
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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post

Never messed with Technet...though I think we use MSDN in the way they planed Technet to be used anyway.

As long as they don't mess with MSDN I am OK with this

What they could do as well since they are ending Technet is to adjust the pricing (lower) of MSDN subs to make up for the loss of Technet
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Yeah being a technet plus sub for years this really angers me. Been looking for a reason to move the business to linux based anyway.
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Just saw the email in my inbox. This bites. MSDN subs cost way too much for my needs.
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This is a big shame, I know many people who have this subscription and they absolutely love it. mad.gif
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I've been a Technet subscriber for many years for personal/business use and an MSDN subscriber at work for almost as long. I am really bummed about the Technet going away. I've voiced my issues with Microsoft already and will continue to do so. It's been really great to just be able to download SW for testing whenever I need to.

From what I understand from my conversations with M$ (don't sue me if I'm wrong), but any and all licenses you activate before your subscription expires will continue to work indefinitely and you will still be able to re-license after you subscription expires, so long as you don't exceed the original limit. They will not add more activations like they normally would though. If you have downloaded but not activated licenses then you will not be able to activate them after your subscription expires.
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I've been a Technet subscriber for many years for personal/business use and an MSDN subscriber at work for almost as long. I am really bummed about the Technet going away. I've voiced my issues with Microsoft already and will continue to do so. It's been really great to just be able to download SW for testing whenever I need to.

From what I understand from my conversations with M$ (don't sue me if I'm wrong), but any and all licenses you activate before your subscription expires will continue to work indefinitely and you will still be able to re-license after you subscription expires, so long as you don't exceed the original limit. They will not add more activations like they normally would though. If you have downloaded but not activated licenses then you will not be able to activate them after your subscription expires.

^ I hope this is true. Since I've been a subscriber for years.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/cc294422.aspx

In the Agreement:
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Microsoft may deactivate or otherwise limit your keys when your subscription ends.
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^ I hope this is true. Since I've been a subscriber for years.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/cc294422.aspx

In the Agreement:

This is why I called them and griped about this announcement. According to the licensing folks, they will only deactivate licenses that are being abused. (whatever that means to them I am not sure). I have systems in test that need to keep the same licenses or my software test will fail. Having to reload and reactivate every 30-90 days will cause huge problems. I would hate to have to buy an MSDN subscription.

I think everyone that is a current TechNet subscriber should call and voice their displeasure with this. Maybe if enough voices are heard they will think twice.
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