Welcome July!  I can't believe half of 2013 is over already and so much has been happening and changing. If you've been busy enjoying the great Bay Area weather the last few days or working hard on your summer plans, you might have missed a few of these key bits of news.

  1. As of this morning, the TechNet Subscription is retired. Check out nicely comprehensive post about what options are available once your TechNet Subscription expires, by Kevin Remde. Also be sure to visit the FAQ for additional detailed information at www.aka.ms/TNSFAQ.
  2. You can get Microsoft Surfaces at some of you favorite resellers. If you've been eyeing Surfaces for your business, but couldn't get them from you standard reseller it's time to look again. Read more about this on the Surface Blog.
  3. As of last week, the Windows 8.1 Preview is here!  Download it from http://preview.windows.com.  When released closer to the end of 2013, it will be a free upgrade for licensed users of Windows 8.  There will also be an 8.1 update for the Surface RT.
  4. If you are looking for preview software for some of the other releases from June, look no further than the Evaluation Center for the previews of Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2,  Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and the System Center 2012 R2.

I hope your bandwidth can stand all the downloading!