Microsoft is retiring TechNet subscriptions after August 31st

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After almost 15 years in existence, Microsoft’s TechNet service is going to be tired at the end of next month. The company has announced that new subscriptions and renewals on the service will cease on August 31.

TechNet has been a valuable resource for IT professionals over the years, granting early access to Microsoft’s desktop and server software along with multiple activation keys, for an annual fee. But in addition to IT managers and the like, TechNet also proved to be a go-to source for software pirates since they could subscribe to the service, upload early software then sell the keys.

The service is also not going away completely the moment August 31 hits. Current subscribers will have access to all the benefits of the service until their subscription ends, and purchased subscriptions can be activated  through September 30th.

And while the subscription service will cease to exist, the resources available  on the TechNet website will continue.

[via ZDNet]

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  • Frank

    [@Mike] I don’t know your household, we use to use software for 10 years and more (especially as MS software gets worse and worse with each new release). That meant 2000$ in 10 years vs. 1000$ when buying the software. Do not forget that you are(were) /obliged/ to renew to be allowed to further use the software.
    The offer was a deal for smaller businesses though.


  • Mike

    TechNet also was/is a great source for Microsoft software. For the current $199 subscription cost, you can get multiple permanent licenses (5, at least in the past) to each of Microsoft’s offerings: Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP, as well as Office 2013, 2010, 2007, etc. Very cost effective, especially if there are multiple computers in your household.