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Old 07-02-2013, 07:58 AM   #1
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Looks like Microsoft is discontinuing TechNet. No new subscriptions after August 31, 2013, and the service will shut down as subscriptions end.

I guess people were abusing the service. Now the only way to test software is by using trial versions... which, to Microsoft's credit, aren't bad, considering most don't require activation for 180 days.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:13 AM   #2
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The Register > Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead
Do we 'low margin' dregs matter to you anymore, Redmond? Thought not
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Now that is a real pity lets hope they do something else.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:27 AM   #4
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MSDN subscriptions are still available . . . for $700 to $13,400 per year
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Yeah but they ain't cheap mores the pity
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Gates launched the PC market, Ballmer's determined to decimate it.
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You may have something there
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As Trevor said in the above article:
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The rest of us can follow – or not – as we choose. Microsoft ultimately doesn't care. Microsoft is in the process of shifting into an Oracle-like high-margin player. It wants fewer customers with bigger pockets and it isn't afraid of "drop off" suffered by the disenfranchised or the poor.

Make no mistake: this isn't an arrogance born out of a belief that it retains a monopoly on the desktop, the Office productivity suite, or the server market. It is a wholesale shift in approach in recognition of its loss of monopoly.

You don't matter to Microsoft and neither do I. We've known all known this for ages, but Microsoft has finally decided that they aren't going to even bother to fake it anymore. Now is the time for those of us who don't live "at scale" – and with budgets to match – to start looking farther afield, before we move from "customer" to "hostage".
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Interesting view point
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...Microsoft ultimately doesn't care.
...as evidenced by Microsoft's cavalier attitude towards their customer base regarding Windows 8. I was once a die-hard Microsoft fan, but their appeal has tarnished... and rather quickly. They've become their own worst enemy.
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I agree. The biggest obstacle to Windows 8's success appears to be Microsoft. They no longer listen, they dictate.
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Maybe a good hearing aid sales person could make a killing at MS corporate
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I have one of those, but, you probably wouldn't want to send me to Microsoft. "Hello Mr. Balmer, I'd like you to meet Mr Glock."
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Now of you used that they certainly won't hear after it lol
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