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Microsoft to retire Technet subscription service

Hey everyone, been out a while— had a nearly monthlong vacation out of the country in May (Great Traitor Korea) and have been on a self imposed exile from whitenoise in June so I could get caught up with by massive work backlog. Mostly caught up now— missed you guys!

Anyhow, I just got this email from Microsoft:

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.


This sucks. I've been a TechNet subscriber for years, maintaining both a home account and office account; it was a fantastic asset. I can't believe they are cutting off this revenue stream! For the unitiated, TechNet was a service intended for IT professionals which provided them with the full breadth of Microsoft software and OSes, along with licenses, for deployment evaluation purposes. It has been a loved program for IT people, but also for users who used (misused?) their subscription to get legitimate software for use in a live environment/get licenses on the cheap, rather than opting to downloading sketchy cracked versions from file sharing websites.

I think this is a big signal that MS is moving towards subscription access models, like Adobe. This was already indicated at with Office 365, but I wonder if this will be the case for OS and server products? I am worried MS wants to have always online requirements to use an OS or productivity software. Sad day.

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