Microsoft has changed Technet Subscription Policies Again

With the release of the Customer Preview version of Office 2013 yesterday by Microsoft, they also released some changes to their TechNet Subscription Policies. This update has escaped us all due to the fanfare of the Office release. The following is literally quoting from the TechNet Subs FAQ page:

What changes did Microsoft implement to TechNet Subscriptions in July 2012?
On July 16, Microsoft made changes to TechNet Subscriptions to better reflect the intent of the program – aiding IT professionals in evaluating current Microsoft software—and to help protect the integrity of the subscription from unsupported use. As part of this change, we:

  • Reduced the length and complexity of the User Agreement.
  • Made Microsoft software use and other subscription benefits available only during the 12 month subscription period.
  • Updated the list of products available for evaluation by:
    • Removing redundant or multiple instances of products. For instance: The full Office suite will be available for download, but not standalone Office products such as Outlook, Publisher, etc.
    • Removing products that are not intended for use in an IT professional managed business environment. For instance: Windows XP Home Edition.
    • Removing products that are no longer covered by extended support through the Microsoft Support Lifecycle.
  • Standardized the 24hr product key claim limit across all programs and benefit levels at ten (10).

To review the terms of use, please refer to the Microsoft TechNet Subscription agreement that applies based on your acceptance date:

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3 thoughts on “Microsoft has changed Technet Subscription Policies Again”

  1. Yeah. Corporations sometimes offer a great deal on something then over time get greedy and nickle and dime it to death .. or in their greed “monatize” things they shouldn’t.

    A smart company that wants to last e.g. Buick let’s say, will make sure their customers enjoy their products and not feel continually reduced.

  2. The changes will also unfortunately be retrospective, in that if you run an install of say Windows 7 using even the retail keys given you from your Technet Subscription from 2010/2011 for example – That key you currently use will become unusable from the 1st September 2012 if you do not currently subscribe to Technet. That really sucks to be honest.

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