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kreiley
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?

jimlynch
07/12/2013
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 !
http://bjornhouben.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/technet-subscriptions-will-b...

"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."
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TheCount
07/11/2013

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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