On July 1, 2013, Microsoft announced it was discontinuing the popular TechNet subscription programme. This campaign is to respecfully ask Microsoft to reconsider, or to provide an alternate, low-cost/high quality program to meet the needs of IT Pros world-wide.
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Hi, I am the Regional Lead for
Microsoft Certified Trainers in Turkey. Following Microsoft’s announcement
about TechNet’s retirement, I have tried to create awareness within Microsoft
that the adopted way of action will hurt legitimate customers and will cause
long-term financial loss for both parties. I decided to send an e-mail to Steve
Ballmer, which was kindly welcomed. This allowed me to discuss the matter with
the managers of Microsoft Learning.
Furthermore, I wrote a report
about the long-term effects of TNS retirement on the MCT community. I prepared
an MCT value proposition and presented it to the management of Microsoft
Learning. Their initial reaction was positive and I hope that my report will be
able to spark some discussion during the MCT Summit in September.
Today, I have received
information that Microsoft have decided to partially remedy the complaints of
the MCT community. I am expecting further developments during the next couple
of weeks, but as of today, 3 points have been made clear by Microsoft:
that have activated their accounts before the 1st of September will
receive a “free, one-time, 90 day subscription extension”. This will adjust the date of the current MCT TechNet
subscription deadline to 29 June 2014, earliest. The exact date of expiration can be checked from the “My Account” page
of the TechNet Subscriptions benefits portal. You can continue to access
downloads and licenses until your updated expiration date is over. For details
go to http://technet.microsoft.com/subscriptions/default.aspx
Center will start providing access to prior versions of the available trial
software. Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Office 2010 are made available
as of today. Microsoft stated that they will add additional products over time.
For details go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/dn407368
3)For MCTs only, Microsoft
plans to replace their current TechNet NFR Subscription with a new solution
(yet to be determined) that will provide them access to non-time bombed
software for the duration of the 2014 MCT program membership year. As expected, the software contained in the said solution
will be used for instructional purposes only.More details will be available in the coming weeks.