The TechNet Subscription for MCTs

As you have probably heard, the TechNet Subscription service is going away.  If you have your subscription because you are an MCT, or are hoping to get it because you are (or will soon be) an MCT, then there is a very important milestone coming up next week.

August 31, 2013 will be the last day that an MCT can activate their TechNet Subscription.

  • If you are an MCT and have simply not activated your TechNet Subscription, August 31st is the deadline.  On September 1st you will no longer be able to activate it.
  • If you are about to become an MCT, you will still receive that benefit as long as you register it before August 31st.  On September 1st it is gone.

MCTs will be able to continue to use their TechNet Subscription software through the end of their current enrollment year – March 31st.  On April 1st we enter the new enrollment year… and the TechNet Subscription will be gone.

Of course, if you are an MCT and still have the TechNet Subscription through another channel – whether that is Partner, MVP, paid, or any other – then you may continue to use the software with those license a little longer… but don’t dilly-dally!  The program is going away, and you will have to find another way of licensing the software… or resorting to Evaluation licenses, which range from 6-180 days, depending on the software.

I am, once again, sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings.  However I hope you remember that finding out that there is a flood coming is not a disaster… not planning for that coming flood is the real disaster!

Mitch Garvis
MCT Regional Lead (Canada)


3 responses to “The TechNet Subscription for MCTs”

  1. […] As you know on July 1st Microsoft announced that it would be ending the TechNet Subscriptions (TNS) that so many of us rely on.  As the MCT Regional Lead I have fielded several complaints about this issue.  Last week I reminded you all that August 31, 2013 would be the last day that MCTs would be able to activate the TNS that they are entitled to from their benefits, and that these subscriptions would expire at the end of the MCT Year (see article). […]

  2. […] year was a tumultuous one for MCTs… the retirement of the TechNet Subscription program (article), the retirement of the Microsoft Certified Masters (MCM) program, and all along people learning […]

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