Microsoft killing off TechNet subscription service after 15 years

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Microsoft’s TechNet subscription service has provided IT pros and PC enthusiasts with one of the best software deals on the web for more than 15 years. But soon, Microsoft will shut down the service, the company announced today.

TechNet has offered subscribers a boatload of downloadable Microsoft software, licences, and support for $200 through $549 per year for years; when it first debuted, it sent the software to subscribers on CDs. The software offered included Office, SharePoint, Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange Server, and other core Microsoft-made apps. Essentially, if you were an IT worker and wanted access to Microsoft’s vast library of software at low prices, this was the service for you.

Now TechNet will no longer accept new subscribers after Aug. 31. Existing subscribers whose accounts expire before Sept. 30, 2013 are eligible for a one-time renewal. Effectively, this means that come Oct. 2014, TechNet will be dead. (If you still want to buy in, you can do so here.)

ZDNet’s Ed Bott notes that Microsoft will still offer MSDN Subscriptions, but prices for that service are a lot higher than TechNet.