Microsoft has this week announced that it will be retiring the Microsoft TechNet Subscriptions service which enabled Microsoft users to put Microsoft products through their paces without the need to commit to an outright purchase.
Microsoft TechNet subscriptions and renewals will remain on sale until August 31, 2013, with activation of subscriptions supported until September 30, 2013.
“Microsoft is retiring the Microsoft TechNet Subscriptions service, including evaluation resources through the TechNet Evaluation Center, expert-led learning through the Microsoft Virtual Academy, and community-moderated technical support through the TechNet Forums to better meet the needs of the growing IT professional community.
IT professionals who would like to purchase a new Microsoft TechNet Subscriptions or renew an existing subscription may do so through August 31, 2013. Subscribers may activate purchased subscriptions through September 30, 2013.
Microsoft remains committed to providing IT professionals with access to the resources and technical assets they need to learn about, evaluate, and deploy Microsoft technologies”
You can find out mrs about the background on Microsoft TechNet Subscriptions decision and implications for current subscribers over at the TechNet Subscriptions FAQ.
Source: Hot Hardware