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Jeff asked me for this at a recent TechNet Event…
That’s a fair question, Jeff. For several years, I have been promoting TechNet Subscriptions in pretty much every way available to me. It is a great resource that, even if I weren’t a Microsoft Employee, I would yearly purchase for myself.
The answer to your question, unfortunately, is: I don’t know. I can speculate that perhaps this year** they wanted to take a break from always providing a discount. (I mean, if it’s always on sale, then why not just make that the ordinary sale price?) And I do think that so many people have already subscribed that there aren’t that many left who aren’t already taking advantage of the yearly renewal price; which is and has always been cheaper than our new-subscription promotion price.
Plus, really.. for what you get, it’s definitely worth the price. (My opinion again, I know. But it’s my blog. I am allowed.)
**Microsoft’s Fiscal Year runs from July 1st to June 30th.
Are you a TechNet Subscriber? Are you not one yet? DO YOU KNOW OF A DISCOUNT CODE THAT I AM NOT AWARE OF THAT EXPIRES JUNE 30TH AND SHOULD BE SHARED HERE? Give us your reasons/complaints/loves/hates/fears/hopes/dreams in the comments.