Microsoft have today announced that they are planning to kill of the TechNet Subscription service which provided IT professionals access to the latest Microsoft software for an annual fee. The reason behind the company doing this is because more and more people are using the service for its free offerings, not paid.
New TechNet customers can still purchase a subscription before August 31st this year, existing subscribers can renew before this date also, meaning that the service will fully close in September next year.
“Microsoft will continue to honor all existing TechNet Subscriptions. Subscribers with active accounts may continue to access program benefits until their current subscription period concludes,” Microsoft adds.
This is sad news for everyone who is a TechNet Subscriber (including me) as it was an efficient way to test out new software from Microsoft themselves. MSDN subscriptions will not be affected, which means those who seriously can’t live without TechNet can subscribe to an MSDN subscription.Further reading: Microsoft, TechNet