I’ve known about this since the beginning of July, but am just now getting around to sharing the news with my blog readers that MS is preparing to phase out its long-time, highly-valued TechNet subscription service. The banner on the TechNet Subscription page covers the important details:
TechNet Subscriptions may be purchased through August 31, 2013, which means all access to TechNet Subscription benefits will end on August 31, 2014.
This is sad news for many individuals, especially free-lance writers like me who specialize in Windows operating systems and platforms, and need affordable access to licenses for most Microsoft products. At prices ranging from $199 to $599 (the higher priced versions offer more training collections and/or DVD media as well as download access), this kind of subscription has been the go-to deal for lots of IT professionals and other individuals interested in Windows for some time now.
I myself switched over to the MSDN Premium with Visual Studio back in 2009, to retain access to MS Office licenses, and to gain broader access to development tools, but it’s still a little sad to see the TechNet Subscription be put out to pasture (I had subscribed to TechNet since the late 1990s myself). Consequently, I was relieved to learn that the TechNet online content is not going away, and will remain a key conduit for technical information for Microsoft employees, partners, and professionals around the globe.