Since this blog appears under the TechNet brand , it seems a good place to spread the following news.

From the start of August TechNet "standard" is going away in favour of 3 versions of TechNet Plus.

TechNet plus Single user is what we have known for a long time, but it will now have a subscriber download service, much like MSDN. TechNet now contains full versions of software for evaluation and the downloads service means you don't have to wait for us to make CDs when you products come out. I don't have UK pricing right now, but the US price is $499 - with 2 bundled support events which would cost $500

TechNet plus single server is the same thing but licensed for multiple users on one server at US $999.

Thirdly is TechNet plus direct, it's TechNet plus, but WITH NO DISKS - it's all downloaded. If, like me you can't do without TechNet, but you feel bad about throwing those disks away every month, this is for you. It costs $349 and still includes 2 support incidents .

If you call the TechNet customer service centre they can change an existing TechNet plus subscription to the direct version - because it's cheaper it will result in some extension of your subscription.