Microsoft has announced today that they will be discontinuing the TechNet Subscription program. Microsoft’s TechNet Subscription Program is a paid program which allows partners to download full copies of most software titles to be used for lab or testing purposes. In an email announcement to partners today, Microsoft said “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”.
If you are a current subscriber to the Microsoft TechNet Subscription service, you will still have full access to the TechNet content until your subscription expires. New subscriptions and renewals of the Microsoft TechNet Subscription service can still be placed before August 31, 2013.
Fear Not! Microsoft is offering some alternatives to the TechNet Subscription service. Also check out my prior blog post with a more comprehensive list of Learning Tools & Resources from Microsoft.
- Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA)
- TechNet Evaluations
- TechNet Virtual Labs
- TechNet Forums
- TechNet Support
For more information about the retirement of the Microsoft TechNet Subscription service, see Microsoft’s TechNet service retirement Common Questions page.