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).
- Prior to July 16 2012: TechNet Subscriber Agreement - Prior to July 16, 2012
- On/After July 16 2012: Current TechNet Subscriber Agreement