Ah yes got the email about half an hour ago.
Just had an email - typical just as I start to use it!
Full FAQ Article: TechNet Subscriptions and LicensingAs 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.
Ah yes got the email about half an hour ago.
That's a shame, not so bothered about the 'trial' software but will really miss the priority support through the forums, got some great support through that, much better than the telephone support.
I used it at home in a "test lab" environment for "testing" a few things...
Trying to work out the best alternative - VL for a very small SMB?
This really sucks, MS are closing technet subscriptions next month.
Got this email tonight, I use technet to test new software long term, this sucks that it's being ended. I think I'll have to get an MSDN sub now, and Office 365 Premium.
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:
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Ah, my bad, the search didn't work last night
Only just started using it!
I use TechNet that come with our volume licensing so i can use the support tickets. Do i still get this in some form?
Not sure about the support tickets, but as I;m reading it once your sub ends - everything with it ends too - so if you need any software / keys - i'd start claiming and downloading them now!
that's a shame, this was one of the more decent parts of the MS website and the support was generally always quite excellent there I felt, better than half the stuff that you get now on there.
So I assume we are going to see a corresponding reduction in our EES subs to compensate, hmm?
Yes it is a benefit included in EES.
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