- Feb 9, 2010
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How may of you guys on this forum are Technet subscribers? Is it worth it to become a Technet subscriber?
Thats my outlook on the issue, others have their own outlook. I'm almost positive my postings will stir up a stink, so I think I will leave the thread before it starts. I've never had nor will I ever have either one of the two subscription mentioned below because I feel they are not for the home user. I feel each subscription has its place which is plainly written in black and white. Plainly written and yet still ignored by many who would love to have software for a cheaper price.So your saying that Technet software is only trial software.
MSDNTechNet also provides a number of downloads of Microsoft software. Many are free, but a large number aren't. These are provided to those with TechNet Subscriptions. The subscriptions provide access to much of Microsoft's software, complete with product keys that do not expire after a certain time. The subscriptions are sold on an annual basis. There are two levels of subscriptions, Standard and Professional. The Standard subscription provides access to most of the software except specific enterprise-orientated software, and includes 1 collection of Microsoft E-learning. The Professional subscription is more expensive, provides access to all the software, and includes 2 free professional support calls and 2 collections of Microsoft E-learning.
There are restrictions on the use of the software obtained from TechNet Subscriptions. The software may not be used for commercial purposes and may be used only by a single person (it may not be shared).
It's my opinion that if anyone could get what they wanted in a single subscription, their wouldn't be a reason for two (if not more) different types of subscriptions.MSDN has historically offered a subscription package whereby developers have access and licenses to use nearly all Microsoft software that has ever been released to the public. Subscriptions are sold on an annual basis, and cost anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000USD per year per subscription, as it is offered in several tiers. Holders of such subscriptions (except the lowest library-only levels) receive new Microsoft software on DVDs or via downloads every few weeks or months. The software generally comes on specially marked MSDN discs, but contains the identical retail or volume-license software as it is released to the public.
What benefits do MVPs receive?
When you become an MVP, Microsoft sends you a letter telling you that you have been accepted into the MVP programme, along with a plaque or trophy that you can adorn your home trophy case (or work shelf) with.
You also receive an MSDN (for developer-focused MVPs) or TechNet (for IT Pro-focused MVPs) subscription for the duration of your tenure as an MVP (some MVPs have been in the programme for over 10 years!).
That's not how it works anymore but the benefits that come with the MVP award really has nothing to do with the question.When an MVP receives his award,he also gets a Technet Pro subscription and a choice of two alternative MSDN subscriptions.
It is worth much more than that. If you are a developer, a subscription can be a tremendous asset and well worth the money. Microsoft is a software company, after all so for someone who programs for a living, it can be invaluable. For me as a hardware technician who avoid code work as much a possible, not so much.Only if you wish to test software before you actually purchase the software.
Thanks, but the question was about the software, not Technet itself. And still, Technet is Technet and MVPs don't get any software as part of their award package.The OP asked: " Ok...my next question is; what is the difference between the software the MVP's get versus the Technet subscribers?"
Sorry, but I don't think it is appropriate to discuss the award's benefits package. This is not even done among MVPs because there are 4 cycles throughout the year so up to half of the MVPs are on a different year award. For example, my cycle starts in July and therefore, I was awarded last year for 2011. I have no clue what the MVPs awarded this past January got with their 2012 award. I also note the monetary value of the "goodies", or "prizes" if you will, that come with the award have dwindled considerably over the years. Sadly this was due to taxes. Many countries consider such "gifts" as income, or taxable compensation - an expensive nightmare for Microsoft to report this information to the 90 different countries where the 4000 MVPs live.In which regard?
Got a link? Because the page I checked before posting was a bit out of date, but even so it didn't mention anything about a choice of two alternative MSDN subscriptions. My comments about it not working that way anymore is based on my own personal experience as a recipient for the last 5 years - comparing my awards package in the first years to the more recent years.is on an open PDF on a Microsoft page
No it is NOT a good indication.Here is the message that has just been posted:
Ít is still a good indiication of what you will get.
My post #5 was precisely what you can get currently.
You can read it here, as well as a mass of links on the web. You can read it here, as well as a mass of links on the web. There is most certainly nothing too secret about it.
From the site "MVP’s also receive benefits such as: complimentary subscriptions to MSDN or TechNet ($10,000 value), access to MVP private newsgroups, free technical support incidents, assigned a dedicated MVP Lead who serves as the MVP’s main point of contact inside Microsoft, and admission to the MVP Global Summit (http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/gp/MVPsummit)."
That is NOT what he said. I fail to see why you are twisting this around. He clearly says, MVPs receive, "complimentary subscriptions to MSDN or TechNet ($10,000 value)".The $10000 he refers to, is the value of the available software for downloading,
Yeah, like the last time a question was asked about a TechNet subscription, it ballooned into a sticky gooey quagmire.Freak me running....All I wanted to know was; was the MVP package of software the same as the Technet and MSDN subscriptions and was there any difference between them. Hell...I'm sorry I even asked the question now.
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