In the past Australians couldn't download some software from the Technet site as we didn't have a Technet ID. Is this going to be changed? I would love to sign up, but not if Technet is going to be crippled for non American users.
In the subscriber-only download center get unlimited access to full-version software licensed for evaluation purposes.
Does Microsoft define the term evaluation?
ie can these products be used in a home environment on a day-to-day basis? (non-commercial)
Answering Rob's question - Yes the products can be used in a home environment
Answering David's question - yes Australians do get access to the TechNet Plus Online portal to get access to the software and resources.
How many machines can the software be installed on at home, used on a day to day basis, by all family members, and never removed? Let's assume there is 10 machines and the technet subscription is a one off 12 month subscription.
Please respond in detail.
TechNet Subscription product keys can be used to activate software on up to 10 machines. An additional product key may be requested by contacting your local TechNet Support.
Official word on usage at home-
Can I use evaluation software received in my TechNet subscription at home?
In most cases, yes: the license grants installation and use rights to one user only, for evaluation purposes, on any of the user’s devices. Each individual product, however, can have its own license agreement, which will control how many installations are allowed. Keep in mind that you may use the evaluation software only to evaluate it. You may not use it in a live operating environment, a staging environment, or with data that has not been sufficiently backed up. You may not use the evaluation software for software development or in an application development environment.
TechNet Plus FAQ at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/ms772427.aspx
My questions are still not answered clearly enough for me to make an informed decision.
Thank you for your patience.
1. Can I install the software on 10 machines at home, never remove the software and be in accordance with the EULA, YES/NO?
2. Can the software installed in (Q1) above then be used by any family member on an ongoing basis and be in accordance with the EULA, YES/NO?
3. Do I need to maintain an active subscription to continue to use the software, YES/NO?
4. Will the product keys expire when the Technet subscription expires, YES/NO?
Thank you for your time.
Thanks for your patience :) Just to make sure I was giving you the right information I forwarded your questions to the Microsoft TechNet Team in the states and their reply is as follows:
1. Can I install the software on 10 machines at home, never remove the software and be in accordance with the EULA, YES/NO? Yes as long as the usage is for “Evaluation”
2. Can the software installed in (Q1) above then be used by any family member on an ongoing basis and be in accordance with the EULA, YES/NO? No its only licensed for the individual subscriber
3. Do I need to maintain an active subscription to continue to use the software, YES/NO? No
4. Will the product keys expire when the Technet subscription expires, YES/NO? No
Here is the link to the EULA: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/abouttn/subscriptions/microsoft_software_license_terms.mspx
I'd like to confirm what "evaluation" and "live operating environment" actually mean.
I assume that the EULA is basically saying that a TechNet subscriber cannot use TechNet evaluation software for day-to-day use on their home PC. i.e. they cannot use it for their "normal" computing use, only for specific evaluation functions. Is this correct?
Can you clarify a couple of extra things re TechNet subscriptions.
1) What is the difference between the Direct and Single User option? Is it correct that the only difference between the two is that with Direct you must download everything, while with Single User you also get CDs/DVDs?
2) Is it correct that I can still use a Direct/Single user license to set up a single machine server. That is, if I wished to set up SharePoint, or any other product which runs on a server, I do not need to the Server User license to do it.
3) The Office license is generally only for one user (not counting student/teacher editions). Is this the case for the version of Office 2007 that comes with TechNet? i.e. If I want to run one one PC with a standard end-user configuration of Vista/Office 2007 and another with server/SharePoint 2007/Office 2007 I won't be able to do it with a Direct/Single User license because although the TechNet license will let me do it, the Office 2007 license will not. If I wished to do this I would need to purchase a multi-user (server) license. Is this correct?
re:Jason JonesCorrect. Home use is for evaluation purposes only.
Correct. Think Direct as all online and Single/Multi online plus CD or DVD Media.
You can have up to 10 activations of Office through all levels of TechNet subscriptions.
Appreciate the answers.
Was wondering if i was to get the technet subscription and let it lapse would i be able to still use Windows Vista and other software for evaluation and could i reinstall and activate it at a later date after the subscription had lapsed?
Seems a bit weird that MS would allow this
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