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Savings. TechNet Subscriptions. What could be better?

Savings. TechNet Subscriptions. What could be better?

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: This promotion and promotion code have expired.
Please CLICK HERE for the most current promotion.

Whenever I present a live TechNet Event, I ask my audience to raise their hands if they are a TechNet subscriber.  Usually about 1/3 of the audience raises their hand.  Considering that this is typically a Microsoft-friendly audience, I'm a little shocked that there aren't more hands going up.  The TechNet Subscription is such a great resource for IT Pros, for these reasons:

  • Downloadable (or delivered, if you subscribe to the disks-delivered-to-you-monthly subscription), full-version software licensed for evaluation purposes; which includes Microsoft operating systems, servers, and Office System software; all the software that IT Pros care about.  Yes, these are for evaluation, testing, and training only; but they don't time-out.  You can install these into a training lab, test lab, or use Virtual PC, Virtual Server, Hyper-V, or even your own downloaded evaluation copy of the latest beta or CTP or Release Candidate software!  Use it to build a virtually networked playground, and play with (er.. “evaluate”, if your boss is watching) all the latest and greatest tools and technologies.
  • You get early access to beta versions and release candidates of new Microsoft products.
  • A Technical Information Library containing the articles, security updates, service packs, utilities and more - all in one convenient location.
  • Access to Online Concierge Chat service for live help from a Microsoft Online Assistant - to help you get the most out of your subscription.
  • Yearly subscription to TechNet Magazine (I love this magazine!)
  • Two (2) technical support incidents and a 20% discount on additional phone support incidents you purchase. (HINT: the savings here alone justifies the subscription cost)
  • Twelve free eLearning courses per year to keep your skills up to date.  Just for TechNet Subscribers.  (Good idea to watch the TechNet Plus Blog for details)
  • Unlimited Managed Newsgroup Support. Post your technical questions in over 100 public newsgroups and receive a response from an expert by next business day.  It's like another free avenue into direct technical support from Microsoft!

For all of those reasons (Heck, for any ONE of those reasons), a TechNet Plus subscription is worth the yearly investment.

"Cool, Kevin.  But how do I save $$$s?"

For new subscriptions, from now until June 2009, you can save 15% on any version of a TechNet Plus subscription.

UPDATE: The discount offer has expired.  I do hope you were able to take advantage of it. 

Watch my blog for any new offers that may be coming.

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: There is an even bigger discount from now 'til December 2009!  Click HERE for details!

“Why new subscriptions only?  Why not a discount renewals?”

Renewals are already automatically discounted.  Besides.. we’re honestly trying to promote TechNet Subscriptions to those who haven’t yet benefited from it.  We’re pretty confident that if you try it, you’ll see enough value in it to renew your subscription.

Write down or copy this promotion code to your clipboard: TMSAM08 (That's zero-eight.  Not the letter O.  Think of 2008.)

Then GOTO the TechNet Subscription Center (CLICK HERE), and use the code to get your savings.

  • RCs = Release Candidates RTW = Released to Web “for some” means “for TechNet and MSDN subscribers” You

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