PSA: Microsoft will not accept new or renewed TechNet subscriptions after today

If you are a software developer and still want to sign up for Microsoft's TechNet service, today is the last day to do so. As we have previously reported, Microsoft will cut off new or renewed subscriptions to TechNet after today, and those subscriptions have to be activated by September 30th.

Microsoft has offered the details on why it has decided to make this move via an FAQ page on the TechNet site, saying:

Microsoft is retiring the TechNet Subscriptions service to focus on growing its free offerings, including evaluation resources through the TechNet Evaluation Center, expert-led learning through the Microsoft Virtual Academy, and community-moderated technical support through the TechNet Forums to better meet the needs of the growing IT professional community.

The decision has not been a popular one among many software developers and an online petition to keep TechNet going has now exceeded 10,000 signatures. Microsoft has chosen not to comment on the petition efforts and it would appear that the company will continue with its plans to retire TechNet.

Microsoft has said that it will honor currently active TechNet subscriptions until they expire. The TechNet benefits portal and the subscriber downloads page will shut down for non-Volume Licensing subscribers on September 30th, 2014.

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I would like if microsoft shutdown the development of IE and join the movement with Firefox to make WEB better. even IE11 I feel a piece of CRAP.

I never use Technet and previously I got access to MSDN. I would not sign anything and let customer feel zerks first for Microsoft.

Microsoft never take care of customer's feeling. This is why almost every geek hate micro$oft.

Enterprise loves Microsoft. I use firefox but its memory footprint is rather large (over 1G in my implementation).. I only use Firefox for ad block plus.. It is only your opinion that almost every geek hates Microsoft.. Even Geeks have to put food on the table.

Personally,
I consider myself some what of a geek and I DO NOT hate MS.

In fact,
I LOVE them compared to anything Firefox or Google!!

Yep,
I think shutting down TechNet is another one of MS's bad decisions!

kris11 said,
This is why almost every geek hate micro$oft.

It's hard to take anything you say seriously when you're still stuck in the late 90's.

I notice a lot sites that require you sign up or enter information either do no support IE or recommend Firefox or Chrome. I had to update some team member information on a website for my organization and I started it on IE 10 (Windows 8) and it asked me to do it through Firefox or Chrome instead.

Mr. Dee said,
I notice a lot sites that require you sign up or enter information either do no support IE or recommend Firefox or Chrome. I had to update some team member information on a website for my organization and I started it on IE 10 (Windows 8) and it asked me to do it through Firefox or Chrome instead.

Not IE10's fault. That's simply developers incompetence.

So back in the 90's when a site supported Internet Exclusively, even though there was a viable alternative such as Netscape. Would you call them incompetent? What about when the developer didn't even support IE on the Mac?

If Microsoft moves away from developers and enthusiasts... I'm sure it's only a matter of time before developers and enthusiasts move away from Microsoft. They really need to reconsider some decisions they've made lately.