Jul 11, 2013

What’s a good alternative to a TechNet subscription?

Now that Microsoft is discontinuing TechNet subscriptions, which I think were by far the best way to keep up to date on MS technologies and developments, are there any good alternatives?

Doesn't seem like there is one, some people are angry about it.

TechNet subscriptions will be retired without a proper alternative. Sign the petition !

"Basically if you want to have access to non time limited versions of enterprise products of Exchange, Lync, Sharepoint, System Center, etc. you need to take a $6000+ MSDN subscription. Currently I’m paying for TechNet Pro myself which costs 375 euro and I will take a Technet Subscription for this last year. I hope that Microsoft will have come to its senses by then and has provided a proper alternative. For now I would like to ask everyone that feels the same to sign the petition to get a decent TechNet alternative."

I guess the closest thing would be their MSDN subscription, except that it is aimed more at developers and it costs $699 initially with a hefty $499 annual renewal fee. Not sure that it is worth it. Here is the LINK if you want to check it out. 

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