If you care about this issue, please sign the petition over at Change.org (the url is: https://www.change.org/petitions/continue-technet-or-create-an-affordable-alternative-to-msdn).
I hope someone (some ones!) at Microsoft read the petition and more imprtantly, read the comments. There area lot of people who are really unhappy over this.
And also, if you have the time, please email SteveB@Microsoft.Com and ask him to reconsider.