TechNet Subscriptions Petition

This post is a bit off topic for the blog but it is something I feel fairly strongly about.

Most of you will probably know this already and I am a little late responding to this news that Microsoft will be retiring the TechNet subscription service.

I am lucky that as my company are a partner I get a MSDN subscription for my development, evaluation and learning needs, however a lot of people are not as lucky. For a comparable subscription in MSDN you are looking at around $6,000.

I don’t think it’s a very good decision at all. Why? Yes this decision doesn’t affect me as a someone who is lucky enough for an MSDN subscription but my experience and my knowledge of all the products I know first came from using products from my TechNet subscription. Without these many people would potentially not have the jobs they do today or be able to effectively evaluate Microsoft products.

That said I understand that the offering maybe does need to change, maybe a different type of solution is required but scrapping it altogether I think is a bad move. I’m not mad for me but I am mad for the people who read and make use of the posts on this blog. Like MVPs, this blog is a representation of the product to the wider community from someone who works with ConfigMgr all day every day.

So from the community to Microsoft, please reconsider. You can voice your dislike to this by signing an online petition.


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About Martyn

Martyn is one of the Senior Cloud Architects and DevOps Team Leader at one of the worlds leading Cloud Transformation Specialists Inframon. Martyn is responsible for the architecture of some of the largest Azure deployments in EMEA and is a advisor to a many businesses on their strategies. Martyn is a regular speaker at Microsoft events and community events on Azure and DevOps, giving his insight to a growing number of audiences.

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