Microsoft you are blowing it

Today they announced the retirement of the Technet subscription.  I am NOT a happy camper about this.  It impacts patch management testing, it impacts partners who got the Technet subscription as part of the Action pack subscription.

So Microsoft, if you are retiring this… how about you step up to the plate and ensure that every Microsoft partner has access to a downloadable ISO for OEM versions of operating systems and Office versions.  How about you live in the real world of everyone not being in the cloud and still having enough premise needs for a while and stop acting like the bully you are beginning to turn into.

On this vacation of mine (that is coming to an end) I have seen ipads used as cameras, I’ve seen iphones and androids, I’ve seen NO windows 8 operating systems – anywhere- so your view of the future where we’re all using cloud based systems, the way you keep acting and pushing people that use your products away with your recent attitude, this action is just another nail in the coffin.

Bottom line, I am not a happy camper about this decision one bit.

From today’s email:

Microsoft is retiring the TechNet Subscription service.

As IT trends and business dynamics have evolved, so has Microsoft’s set of offerings for IT professionals who are looking to learn, evaluate and deploy Microsoft technologies and services. In recent years, we have seen a usage shift from paid to free evaluation experiences and resources. As a result, Microsoft has decided to retire the TechNet Subscriptions service and will discontinue sales on August 31, 2013.

Additional Information:
More background on Microsoft’s decision to retire the TechNet Subscription service and the implications for current subscribers is available on the TechNet Subscriptions Retirement FAQ page.

Subscribers with active accounts may continue to access program benefits until their current subscription period concludes.

We are committed to helping customers through this transition phase and will remain focused on providing IT professionals with free access to a broad set of TechNet assets that support the needs of IT professionals around the world.

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  • TechNet Evaluation Center: Free evaluation software with no feature limits, available for 30-180 days. Includes rich evaluation resources and TechNet Virtual Labs, which enable you to evaluate software without the need to install bits locally.
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7 Thoughts on “Microsoft you are blowing it

  1. Joe Raby on July 1, 2013 at 5:54 pm said:

    I’m thinking it might be a good idea to take those eval keys and ISO’s and start sharpening up on deployment skills to build out an in-house self-serve VM host with WDS and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and just re-deploy new VM images automatically every month to test those patches. Don’t forget to Generalize those images!

  2. Colin on July 1, 2013 at 6:06 pm said:

    Certainly not first or last but they retire SBS and now TechNet??? What’s next, MAPS, MSDN … really Microsoft, you are killing the people who are your greatest evangelists, really, really dumb!!!

  3. Sturgess on July 2, 2013 at 5:55 am said:

    I can’t recommend any cloud solution in the UK when some areas have broadband at 1mb!
    When you have, say 30 people sharing a single ADSL connection and trying to work in the cloud, you will actually see the frustration.
    Anybody using AutoCAD in the cloud?
    Want to stick all your sensitive data on someone else’s servers?
    Why would you?

    Remember, for TechNet you can renew and it will take you up to Sept 2014.
    Give them a while to do another about turn!

  4. John Wills on July 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm said:

    Blowing it indeed. Where else can a company get people to buy a product and then go out into the world and evangelize about it?

    Free advertising…..the best kind.

  5. S Thorpe on July 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm said:

    Microsoft is turning its back on its most loyal partners to chase after Apple & Android in the consumer market. I think they have already lost that battle and don’t realize it. When they lose the small and medium business market too Microsoft will look around then and wonder what happened.

    Anybody knows what this means to MAPS subscribers?

  6. Stephen Gultig on July 8, 2013 at 9:42 pm said:

    I couldn’t agree more. Windows phone that isn’t recognised by windows, a start button in windows 8.1 that isn’t what everyone asked for, no small business access to SQL (end of SBS and Premium), IE 10 that doesn’t work on many, many device web-interfaces such as printers, firewalls, routers and websites.

    Changing products SKU’s and new releases every few months… without due consideration to what that means to the people that have to support these products… refer to Office 365 update, Office 2013 Outlook, email search, and more…

    The confusion that is Sky Drive, Sky Drive Pro, SharePoint, Office mobile… which is it? is anyone in control??

  7. Honzze on July 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm said:

    All the SB I work for now seriously consider switching to other solutions. The combination of VMWare an Zimbra would have been a great one, IF adapted to SB needs. Unfortunately all solutions currently focus on the cloud – and after the prism disclosure many don’t want to go there.
    Currently Microsoft seems to kill on whole branch…

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