Microsoft has extended the TechNet subscription for another 90 days – partially heeding to thousands of requests which demanded the resumption of the cancelled service or creation of a new affordable alternative service.
Back in July, Microsoft announced the sudden cancellation of its TechNet subscription service, which was used by thousands of users across the globe to access Microsoft’s latest software. According to Microsoft the reason behind termination of the service was that people are using TechNet subscription for its free and unpaid offerings and not opting for paid downloads.
Announcing the 90 days extension, Microsoft stated in an official blog post that the company is going to give additional time to its active subscribers during which they may ready themselves for its retirement. “Eligible subscribers may continue to access product downloads, use professional support calls*, and get priority support in TechNet Forums through their updated expiration date, which can be found on the My Account page of the TechNet Subscriptions benefits portal,” reads the official announcement.
There is a catch here though when it comes to eligibility for receiving the 90 days reprieve. Only those subscriptions which a) were active as of September 1, 2013; b) Expire on or before September 30, 2014; and c) Have not been granted through the Volume Licensing program will be eligible to receive the free extension.
Microsoft has also informed that it is busy improving its TechNet Evaluation Center and has added its prior products like Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 for trial purposes. More products will be added over time, Redmond noted.
Unhappy developers and customers took it to Change.org by filing a petition urging Microsoft to bring back the TechNet subscriptions or come up with an affordable alternative. As of this writing more than 11,000 signatures have been gathered, but it is still short of 3900.
Earlier this month Microsoft cancelled its top three certification programs – MCM, MCSM & MCA, thereby infuriating its loyal and committed professional who have worked hard to achieve them.
Cancellation of TechNet subscription and the certifications seems to be part of Microsoft’s strategy that is geared towards creation and delivery of software and services over the cloud.