As most of you know, Microsoft has decided to end their TechNet subscriptions as of August 31, 2013.
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.
While there are opinions on both sides, this really doesn’t side well for IT professionals such as ourselves that rely on these licenses for a lower price for testing things and also for writing tutorials. Right now we have a multitude of Virtual Machines that we use to test things and they are well beyond the 180 day period if we were to simply use trials. While we see how people do abuse this system, there are a large population that are huge supporters of Microsoft and really do use these licenses to test things. The MSDN subscription of $699.00 a year or more is a little high for those of us without access to licenses at work.
You can read more on the TechNet Retirement FAQ page.
Please sign Petition
Cody Skidmore has started a petition “Microsoft Corporation: Create an affordable MSDN subscription comparable to TechNet” on change.org. Please help by signing! 8,000 signatures and climbing!
TechNet Petition in the News…
4Sysops (July 24, 2013): TechNet petition counterpoint
4Sysops (July 22, 2013): TechNet subscription end – Did you sign the petition?
ZDNet (July 19, 2013): Enterprise fanboys push back on TechNet subscription shutdown
TechNet Forum: Microsoft – Reconsider Technet retirement
Neowin: Petition wants Microsoft to continue TechNet
CRN: Microsoft insists it is listening to TechNet fury
Windows IT Pro: Can the IT Community Save TechNet?