re: IT Pros To Microsoft: Save TechNet
Say it isn't SO!!! I can't believe that Microsoft would have the nerve to shut down TechNet to it's 8,000 subscribers. I depend on TechNet to test new OSes on development platforms and hardware that I invest in so much! MSDN is too expensive for me to purchase the OS and development tools that I need to test the software on so that I can make very informed decisions on how best to deploy these tools and systems on a large scale.
The 30 to 180 day trial periods do NOT satisfy and are NOT adequate for the testing needs as testing times do not permit me to complete and do a full evaluation of the products that I have to test. Just when I had just finish testing Visual Studio .Net 2012 on Windows 7 here comes Windows 8 and Visual Studio .NET 2013 Preview already posted on MSDN! This is why the very short trial periods are not adequate at all. They don't align and allow for the rapid pace of software technological advancements that take place.
IMHO Micosoft should grant 365 day trial periods for ALL of its products which is satisfactory as a reasonable trial period to allow its users plenty of time to fully evaluate and test its products.
I don't want to go the rout of torrenting and illegally obtaining the software in that manner and risks getting viruses introduced into our networks. Nor do I want to go the Action Pack rout either as it does not even have the older software contained in it as does TechNet and MSDN.
I have signed the petition to save TechNet as a protest and I speak for all the users of TechNet who say that Microsoft is ignoring their users and customers DEMANDS with removing the start button from Windows 8 and now attempting to shutdown TechNet. We urge Microsoft NOT only to reconsider but to CANCEL their decision to shutdown the TechNet subscriptions of which all 8,000 IT pros depended on for many years since the days of Windows 3.0 and Microsoft Visual C++ 3.0.
We the subscribers DEMAND that: 1. Microsoft RESTORE the start button in Windows 8 to the ORIGINAL Windows Desktop WITHOUT metro. 2. Extend the trial periods on ALL of its software to 365 days. 3. CANCEL the decision to terminate TechNet subscriptions. 4. Give users the option to install windows either on a non-touch PC or touch screen tablet. 5. Loosen the licensing agreements to allow Windows and its other products to be installed on MORE that 3 PCs with the same activation KEY. 6. Allow windows to be installed on Apple MAC WITHOUT the Mac OS requirement. 7. Allow the sale of any OEM Hardware without Windows. 8. Allow Windows to run on Mutiple CPUs with Muticore systems with a single Multiple-multicore CPU license. 9. Allow the user to configure Windows to select and install an alternate web browser of their choice such a chrome, firefox. 10. Microsoft establish a virtual town hall to allow users to voice their concerns make the private decisions more open to the public. More people can add more demands to this list as they like.
If Microsoft FAILS to RESPECT these 8,000 subscribers DEMANDS then it will take a HUGE risk in losing those 8,000 subscribers who have PAID THEIR MONEY to have the RIGHT to get access to TechNet benefits that they so rightfully deserve to have.