Microsoft gives 90 day extension to current TechNet subscriptions

As promised, Microsoft is no longer taking any new or renewed subscriptions to its TechNet service. The company shut down that opportunity at the end of August, despite calls to keep the program going from many IT professionals. Now Microsoft has revealed that it will be giving the remaining TechNet subscriptions a substantial extension.

In a newly updated FAQ page explaining the changes made to the TechNet service, Microsoft stated:

One of the most common pieces of feedback we heard from subscribers since we announced the retirement of the TechNet Subscriptions service is that IT professionals need more time to prepare for this change. As a result, eligible subscribers with active accounts as of September 1, 2013 will receive a free, one-time, 90-day subscription extension to access their product downloads, use their professional support calls, and get priority support in TechNet Forums.

Microsoft also plans to give the same free extension to eligible MAPS subscribers but will not offer it to people who bought their TechNet subscription from Volume Licensing. There will apparently be a delay in offering the 90 day extension to TechNet subscribers in the Asia Pacific region, due to their use of a different database.

In addition, Microsoft will also offer prior versions of the company's software products for trial on the TechNet Evaluation Center website. Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and others are currently available, with more to be added in the coming months.

Finally, ZDNet.com reports that members of its Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) program, who have received a free TechNet subscription, will also be eligible for the 90 day extension offer.

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Well, at least I can get the final GA release of Windows 8.1. Of course, I'm already running the RTM, and I don't imagine it won't be updated with whatever changes they're making after October 18.

Exactly, with all the hype surrounding 8.1 as a major update to the RTM version, this is will allow me to get the bits while I still can, a good move by Microsoft as I imagine that a lot of people renew around the turn of the year. I still think that Microsoft are gauging reaction and by extension, the take-up of MSDN and will probably do something when the August 2014 cut-off finally arrives.

Indeed! I stopped subscribing after 2011, when they changed the terms of the program: from limiting the number of keys, to no longer issuing lifetime keys.

So, mine legally ends in February- that would mean it would extend 90 days from February, correct? I got the email also, and just glanced through it (was in the middle of printer repair) so wasn't sure which part was extended.

Kalint said,
Okay so after 90 days then what? My IT guy is fa-reakin out now.

Your IT guy will be able to use TechNet for as long as he paid for, but he won't be able to renew. 90 days will be added on to this subscription he paid for.

Cyborg_X said,
Microsoft hounded me for two months straight to renew, then they cancel it. Makes no sense.

Yup, I got all the urgent "Your account will expire in 1 month!" Emails. I renew and then a week later they end TechNet.

McKay said,

Yup, I got all the urgent "Your account will expire in 1 month!" Emails. I renew and then a week later they end TechNet.

Wait.. 1: Those were automated e-mails and 2: They didn't cancel anything your subscription will be good for the entire life of what you have paid for.

xendrome said,

Wait.. 1: Those were automated e-mails and 2: They didn't cancel anything your subscription will be good for the entire life of what you have paid for.

I know they were automated, I just thought they would have shut off 1 month reminders with the decision to end TechNet around the corner.

And I know TechNet will continue to work, I meant they announced the end of it.

Cyborg_X said,
Microsoft hounded me for two months straight to renew, then they cancel it. Makes no sense.

From a business perspective it makes sense, they are going to cancel it regardless, your decision to renew meant more income before the announce the end of it.