Microsoft have made a few revisions to the licenses provided under the TechNet subscription over the past few years, and have just indicated they will make yet another change which reduces your licenses to 3 per OS and application. Ed Bott reports here about the changes being made. They say that they’ve done this in order to “protect your value in the subscription”. Apparently people are pirating the keys which is of course totally not cool at all. I’ve got to wonder though, how Microsoft can protect the value of the subscription when they reduce the benefits without reducing the price. It sounds kind of contradictory doesn’t it? As a technet subscriber, I actually rely on the number of licenses I get so that I can do testing and playing with things. This is going to hamper my ability to do such testing in future and will actually mean I won’t be able to be as effective as I have in the past. I’m pushed to see how this is helping me in my desire to support Microsoft.
Sometimes I wonder where Microsoft get these ideas, that they are helping protect our investment then the continue to reduce the benefits they give us. <shakes head in disbelief>