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Mar 21 2012   1:28PM GMT

Microsoft Cuts Back on Free Software for TechNet Subscribers

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

One of the benefits of subscribing to Microsoft TechNet is that it gains you access to the latest Microsoft software. But, TechNet subscribers will soon have a little less access.

An announcement on the TechNet subscriptions home page explains:

Beginning in mid-March 2012, subscribers to TechNet Subscriptions (excluding TechNet Standard which are entitled to 2 keys per product) may access a maximum allocation of three (3) product keys for Microsoft Office and Windows Client products in connection with their subscription. The allotted keys may only be used for software evaluation purposes. Once the maximum keys have been activated, no more keys will be made available. Additional product keys may be acquired through the purchase of an additional subscription.

Ed Bott points out that this is actually the second time in less than two years that Microsoft has slashed the TechNet subscriber benefits. It used to be 10 registration keys per product, then 5, and now it has been slashed to three.

Microsoft claims the move is an attempt to reduce software piracy from TechNet subscribers abusing their privileges and sharing software product keys with others. The TechNet product keys are for evaluation purposes only, though, so three should be plenty to evaluate a given operating system or application.

Do you think the move by Microsoft is justified?

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    Just a bad move all around, when will they realize that as IT people we need these to learn and help others learn. That in turn will result in more people purchasing the end product.
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