TechNet changes its name, adds another subscription method

As of Today, TechNet will be rebranded as TechNet Subscriptions, and will introduce a another subscription option for users.  Technet subscribers get instant access to all the latest beta and RC releases, including full versions of software and product keys.  Current TechNet subscriptions will still have access to all the software available.

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Microsoft TechNet Subscription Standard
The lower end subscription called “Microsoft TechNet Subscription Standard” is more tailored towards IT professionals who evaluate, test and troubleshoot Microsoft software products.  This subscription does not include some enterprise editions of Microsoft software.

Pricing starts at $199 for a new subscription and $149 for a yearly renewal.

Microsoft TechNet Subscription Professional
The secondary option will include everything that the standard subscription offers, but will include all all enterprise software and two complimentary professional support calls.  This subscription is more geared towards IT professionals who are involved in supporting enterprise environments such as server consolidation, interoperability, network management and more.

Pricing starts at $349 for a new subscription and $249 for a yearly renewal.

Microsoft TechNet Subscription Professional with Media
This package includes everything that the Professional package contains, but allows for users and businesses with low monthly bandwidth or who prefer copies of their software on DVD to be shipped out to them.

Pricing starts at $599 for a new subscription and $449 for a yearly renewal.

*All prices listed as in U.S. dollars.

Thanks to bobbba and Shayla for the tip!

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I'm trying to sign up, but on the last page of the subscription page, there is no way to choose another country. The country box (USA) is grayed out. What are other non-US people's experiences?

Im thinking of not renewing mine for that same reason.. am waiting for the release of Vail, but I doubt this will be happening this year... time to ensure I have all that I need, and hold back my renewal for now...

Can you renew at anytime, or once it lapses, do you need to get a new sub?

My current subscription will expire in August, and I don't think I'll be renewing it.

All in the interesting bits (to me) came out in the last year or so--primary, these consist of Windows 7, Server 2008 R2, Office 2010 and SQL 2008 R2. Given that all of these products' release cycle is longer than 12 months, and they're not due for any update over the next year, what else am I gonna get if I renew now?

I was considering a Technet subscription, but had to wait a bit because of the initial price. Now that the Technet subscriptions have been changed, I can get the subscription. I visited the Technet page and went to the subscription link only to find that the page is no longer available. Any idea when the technet subscription page could be back online?

How long does it take for the subscription to become live / receive my confirmation email.

Subscribed about an hour ago for "standard" which equates to GBP 166 including tax.

Not received an email yet.

Sorry for my English. I wish someone reply me this: If I buy a subscription to Technet, I will have access to all common Microsoft applications such as Windows Vista, Windows 7, Office 2007 and 2010, and some others, with their original serial and activation, without limit of time or use? Even though I did not renew the subscription at the end of 1 year, the serial and activation will remain valid ?

LeoKesler said,
Sorry for my English. I wish someone reply me this: If I buy a subscription to Technet, I will have access to all common Microsoft applications such as Windows Vista, Windows 7, Office 2007 and 2010, and some others, with their original serial and activation, without limit of time or use? Even though I did not renew the subscription at the end of 1 year, the serial and activation will remain valid ?

Product keys are valid after the subscription expires. Technet is for testing only, for production servers/desktops there are other avenues.

J_R_G said,

Product keys are valid after the subscription expires. Technet is for testing only, for production servers/desktops there are other avenues.

What ways ?

Here in Brazil, Office Home & Student 2007 costs about $ 80 with 3 licenses. Windows 7 Home Premium, with only one license, costs around $ 160. A technet license would give me more access to other original software, and would be cheaper.

If a buy a technet subscription, how many product key I get for each software ?

LeoKesler said,
If a buy a technet subscription, how many product key I get for each software ?

you get 10 keys per edition for every consumer product (i.e. 10 keys for vista home basic, 10 keys for vista home premium, 10 keys for vista ultimate and so on...)

xendrome said,
What about all the people that didn't know a new iphone was coming out and just bought a 3G yesterday....

There is a difference about not knowing, and not being able to know.
In other words: Because this iPhone information is widely available beforehand, there are no problems. But if Apple would keep selling 3GS's and then on one day, without any notice, say 'Here is the 4G. It does the same thing but for half the price. It is available as of now', a lot of people would be very very angry at Apple because they purchased a 3GS a few days before.

I'd try to contact them and explain your case. Normally they are very reasonable and I don't see a reason why they wouldn't change your subscription although they might keep the 3week-1month proportional bit, you still get plenty money back, nothing tried nothing gained I'd say.

LOL This is great... I just bought the 'old' TechNet Direct subscription for 350 dollar 3 weeks ago. I don't need 2 free support cases nor do I need Enterprise software. This is just lame, this ****ing joke cost me an extra 150 dollar for nothing. I wonder if I can call MS and complain that they didn't announce this before implementing it.

bobbba said,
They anounced the basic details via email 2 weeks ago.

Well I haven't received anything and how was I even supposed to receive an email without being an existing customer?

excalpius said,
How about just calling and asking NICELY if you can downgrade and getting a refund?

I just called them, it was indeed possible to get a refund within 30 days of purchase. Great, I'm lucky Microsoft didn't make this change 2 weeks later

Have just had quick look, Windows 7 Enterprise edition isnt listed as having the standard edition yet server 2008 r2 is
For Win 7 Enterprise

TechNet Professional (SA); TechNet Professional with Media (Retail); TechNet Professional (Retail); TechNet Professional with Media (VL); TechNet Professional (VL); TechNet Professional (Certified Partner); TechNet Professional (Gold Partner); TechNet Plus Consumer Service Professional Pilot; TechNet for Action Pack;

Ultimate
TechNet Professional (SA); TechNet Professional with Media (Retail); TechNet Professional (Retail); TechNet Professional with Media (VL); TechNet Professional (VL); TechNet Professional (Certified Partner); TechNet Professional (Gold Partner); TechNet Plus Consumer Service Professional Pilot; TechNet Standard (VL); TechNet Standard (Retail); TechNet for Action Pack;

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, and Web (x64)

TechNet Professional (SA); TechNet Professional with Media (Retail); TechNet Professional (Retail); TechNet Professional with Media (VL); TechNet Professional (VL); TechNet Professional (Certified Partner); TechNet Professional (Gold Partner); TechNet Plus Consumer Service Professional Pilot; TechNet Standard (VL); TechNet Standard (Retail); TechNet for Action Pack;

Haven't time now to go through all of them though, so will look later when I get time.

(Screenshot) "Profesional"? Typo much.

Also worth noting is the prices in Aus are much higher. And you can't enter a promo code for a renewal that I can see. Cheaper for me to buy a sub from the US!

Looks like Ultimate and Starter are available in the Standard subscription. Does this mean that the renewal price has gone down a bit for Standard?

Yeah, the renewal for the Standard subscription is only $149. This is great for me since I really don't have a need to test the Enterprise editions, and this is a $100 less expensive.

Had a quick chat witn M$ rep, who said Server editions are still available, you cann verify which apps are included in which editions by viewing the details for eeach... eg:

Windows Server 2008 R2
Available to Levels: TechNet Professional (SA); TechNet Professional with Media (Retail); TechNet Professional (Retail); TechNet Professional with Media (VL); TechNet Professional (VL); TechNet Professional (Certified Partner); TechNet Professional (Gold Partner); TechNet Plus Consumer Service Professional Pilot; TechNet Standard (VL); TechNet Standard (Retail); TechNet for Action Pack;

SBS 2008:
Available to Levels: TechNet Professional (SA); TechNet Professional with Media (Retail); TechNet Professional (Retail); TechNet Professional with Media (VL); TechNet Professional (VL); TechNet Professional (Certified Partner); TechNet Professional (Gold Partner); TechNet Plus Consumer Service Professional Pilot; TechNet for Action Pack;

Unfortunatley, you do have to go into each app to check.. could really do with amatrix!!!

Would be really useful to know exactly what you get and dont get, I need to renew in July... their comparison chart is pretty useless!!!

"TechNet Subscription Standard does not include some Enterprise editions1 of Microsoft software."
Anyone tell what's missing?

excalpius said,

I would also like to know. Anyone have a list?


From what the MS site says i would guess Server Enterprise and 7 Enterprise... Not sure if any of the other applications would be included (like the server software side of things) possibly Office Enterprise?

brent3000 said,

From what the MS site says i would guess Server Enterprise and 7 Enterprise... Not sure if any of the other applications would be included (like the server software side of things) possibly Office Enterprise?

I can live with that as long as we get Windows 7 Ultimate instead.. which is enterprise with a different name.
But I hope it's not missing stuff like exchange standard and 2008 r2 standard.

brent3000 said,

From what the MS site says i would guess Server Enterprise and 7 Enterprise... Not sure if any of the other applications would be included (like the server software side of things) possibly Office Enterprise?

What MS marketing defines as "Enterprise" isn't always the same as Microsoft's Enterprise class products. So, we'll keep hunting for a proper list. 8)

i11usive said,
Bit of a problem with this news story. It appears on both the News & Files navigation tabs at the top of the page.

It appears in Files when it's tagged as "Software", just like our "Gaming" tags.

Andrew Lyle said,

It appears in Files when it's tagged as "Software", just like our "Gaming" tags.

Ah -I see. Thanks for clearing that up for me :-)

grunger106 said,
Nice idea, but I'll be sticking to my Pro subscription - the 2 support calls are worth the price by a mile!

I agree. While the new subscription looks nice and it would be great to save $100, I need access to the enterprise level software. It would be quite difficult to develop software that works with Exchange 2010 and Forefront Threat Management Gateway without having access to it. MSDN Professional + TechNet Professional still costs less than a MSDN subscription that includes those pieces of software.

grunger106 said,
Nice idea, but I'll be sticking to my Pro subscription - the 2 support calls are worth the price by a mile!

its also about the price you know.

grunger106 said,
Nice idea, but I'll be sticking to my Pro subscription - the 2 support calls are worth the price by a mile!

I've had TechNet for about a year. Does the previous model offer support calls? If not, then I guess this is actually a good deal for me, although I didn't think so at first glance. My company pays for it now for me anyway, so if they can get 2 support calls in addition to all the software, then it's well worth it. If I were paying out of pocket, I might think otherwise.