I've been meaning to blog about this for some time now.  A couple of weeks ago the price of TechNet subscriptions was reduced to make it accessible to more people.


From talking to people in the field I now realise that most IT professionals don't realise exactly what you get when you subscribe to TechNet Plus.  Well here goes:


As a subscriber to TechNet Plus you get the full version of all Microsoft Software products (for evaluation only), access to exclusive betas, free telephone support incidents, free learning resources and more.


The Value of TechNet Plus


Stay Informed:


  • Try Microsoft software without time limits1. Full-version software licensed for evaluation purposes allows you to make informed decisions about new technologies and deployments at your own pace.
  • Betas! Be one of the first to try out Microsoft operating systems, servers, and Office applications. Keep up to date on the latest technologies.
  • Free learning resources help you keep your IT skills current.


Get Help When You Need It


  • Unlimited Managed Newsgroup Support provides reliable answers to your questions by next business day in over 100 Managed Newsgroups (English only).


  • Support incidents included with TechNet Plus help you address your technical roadblocks quickly:

Two complimentary professional support incidents (a €396 value)

A 20% discount on additional technical support calls


Microsoft Knowledge Base: Find comprehensive technical support information developed by Microsoft Support Professionals.


Portable CD/DVD media: Take your TechNet subscription with you wherever you go – save on download time, and take advantage of advanced search and filtering capabilities.


Save Time Searching For Information


  • Automatically receive updates for Microsoft products including service packs, resource kits, utilities, and product documentation to help keep your systems up to date.
  • Security updates, bulletins, and hot fixes delivered consistently every month.
  • TechNet Subscriber Welcome Kit includes a binder for organizing monthly shipments and the CDs/DVDs needed to get you started when you receive your initial shipment.

And how much does this cost I hear you ask.... well for a single user it's €530  (if you are renewing a subscription it's €430).  Whereas if you want to put it on a server for all the Technical people in you organisation to be able to access it and evaluate the software you can do do €1,070 (or €800 for renewal).


All the info about TechNet Plus subscriptions is here if you want to read about it or subscribe.