Microsoft shuts down TechNet program for IT professionals

Microsoft says that trials are the better way forward and MSDN is always an option

July 3, 2013
MIcrosoft new logo

Microsoft has announced that until 30 Septemper 2013, you will be able to renew your TechNet subscription, download all your licences, and back up your license keys. After the 30 September cut-off, the subscription service that professionals have been relying on for years will be shut down. There will be no alternatives offered.

Microsoft doesn’t offer an official reason for downing the service. While they say no single factor was responsible, they do say that over the years they’ve “seen a usage shift from paid to free evaluation experiences and resources” and that the TechNet service in particular has suffered from “piracy and license misuse in the past.”

They now recommend that private professionals who use the service to run their own networks at home for private use or program validation and testing will be welcome to use the MSDN subscription, which currently costs a little over US $700 (±R7,000). The company also says that they will continue to improve their free software offerings and evaluation licenses to accommodate for the change.

Volume licence owners and current subscribers will be able to use the service and download pages until 30 September 2014, or the end term of their current agreement, whichever comes first. You have until 30 August 2013 to purchase your last subscription and will be required to activate it before 30 September 2013. MAPS subscribers and anyone else using software benefits extended from the Technet service will be likewise impacted.

TechNet was a cheaper solution for network professionals who needed access to everything that the MSDN subscribers got, but didn’t pay the extra money for support they didn’t need. You received access to a gamut of Microsoft software, ranging from Windows XP and Office 2003 all the way to the modern Server 2012 and Office 2013, including other specialised software like Office Sharepoint.

Dropping it creates an issue for those professionals who used the service because evaluation licences just don’t last that long. They now have to pay double for the same software under the MSDN licence, or make do with evaluation licenses.

Source: Microsoft Technet, MSDN

More software news

Yahoo buys mobile app Qwiki

BBM for iOS, Android gets launch window

Microsoft releases update, revs up developers for Windows 8 apps

Tags: Active, Microsoft, technet

Free Email Newsletter:
Subscribe

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – technology images can be found here

Join the conversation

Connect with MyBB

twitterfacebookandroidappleblackberrynewsletterfeed

Poll

If you can get 40Mbps VDSL or 100Mbps fibre broadband in your region, will you purchase this service?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Windows 10 announced

Windows logo

Microsoft has announced the new version of Windows, skipping version 9 and going straight to Windows 10

Massive price hike for PlayStation Plus in South Africa

PlayStation Plus

Sony has substantially increased the subscription fee for its PlayStation Plus service

Smartphone apps stop aching fingers, auto-correct mistakes

BlackBerry Passport keyboard

New smartphone apps aim to solve the problem of keyboards causing aching fingers or auto-correct resulting in embarrassing blunders

Telkom LTE works on iPhone 5s

iPhone 5s showing iOS 8

Apple appears to have enabled support for Telkom’s mobile LTE network on the iPhone 5s

Free MyBroadband Newsletter:
Subscribe
X
bool(true)