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You’ve used them. www.technet.com, www.msdn.microsoft.com, www.codeplex.com, and maybe even expression.microsoft.com. You may have visited the forums, downloaded software but what else is there? Turns out quite a bit. Years ago when I got my first TechNet Plus subscription it was only by accident. I had started a new job and the Director of IT would drop a box on my desk each month. When I asked what it was he shrugged and said some DVDs :) It wasn’t until a slow day that I realized it was trial versions of all the software we were testing or was about to be released but soon began to look forward to that box.
Skip ahead a year and I was awarded an MVP for Directory Services and I had a choice, MSDN or TechNet as a gift. I choose TechNet and by that time things had changed. The time limits were gone, but I also discovered e-learning tools. Today TechNet (as well as the other sites) continue to grow. You may have heard about some of these new features but Rick and I had a chat with John Martin, the Director of Server and Tools Online to talk about what is new, and what is coming.
If you want to check these out for yourself follow these URLs for more info. I’ve started using the bookmarks again since the beta test ended and I know Rick has as well. If you are using them, be sure to share the link to your bookmarks in the comments!
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Rodney I have to agree.
Technet has gone a lone way from the old days of "Pretty Coffee Coaster" Beta discs and service Packs.
I stayed away from Technet for the longest time because there was nothing REALLY stating what you were getting more for the extra dollar. I find the ability to access pretty much all of the current Microsoft Software without a timeout for a one year period is invaluable!
The eTraining is definitely an added extra bonus. I don't use it too often but the ability to download the Current technet resource library onto a single DVD for offline access.
What a hidden gem!
October 4, 2008 Email interview with Marius Oiaga, Technology News Editor for Softpedia September 22,