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Are you taking advantage of TechNet Plus and all that it has to offer?

TechNet Plus offers significant resources and benefits that you, as a Microsoft Partner, can utilize to grow your knowledge and skills around Microsoft technologies as well as providing valuable information and support resources as well. Are you currently utilizing this benefit?  


TechNet Plus is an annual subscription that provides convenient access to full-version Microsoft evaluation software, without time limits, and also includes Professional Support incidents, a technical information library, and many other resources for evaluating, deploying, and maintaining Microsoft software.  Here is just a sample of some of the benefits provided through a TechNet Plus annual subscription:


  • Microsoft software licensed for evaluation purposes. Evaluate full-version commercial products without time limits or feature limits, including Microsoft operating systems, servers, and Office System software. With full-version software, you can make informed decisions about new technologies and deployments at your own pace.

  • Beta software. Receive pre-release versions of Microsoft operating systems, servers and business applications.  (Beta software is licensed for evaluation purposes only—not for use in production environments.  Of course, most of you already know not to load Beta products in your production environment already)

  • Professional Support Incidents. For the toughest technical questions, a TechNet Plus subscription includes two complimentary Professional Support incidents and a 20% discount on additional purchased support incidents1. Talk to a Microsoft Support Professional to help resolve mission-critical technical issues fast.

  • Managed Newsgroup Support. TechNet Plus provides unlimited access to over 100 Managed Newsgroups. Exchange ideas with other IT Professionals and get expert answers to your technical questions within the next business day—guaranteed.

  • Technical resources for Microsoft products. Access the Technical Information Library containing the Microsoft Knowledge Base, security updates, service packs, resource kits, utilities, technical training, and product documentation to keep systems and IT skills up-to-date.

  • Microsoft eLearning courses. To prepare for certification or simply to help build your technical skills, TechNet Plus includes a selection of Microsoft eLearning courses for free each quarter.

  • Online Concierge Chat. Chat with a Microsoft Search Assistant online for help finding the technical resources you need or for assistance with non-technical questions.  (This is a resource I have heard many Partners state is a very valuable one to have)

  • Subscription to TechNet Magazine. Receive a free one-year subscription to TechNet Magazine which provides hands-on information to help IT Professionals maximize their system’s security, reliability, scalability and interoperability.  (available to subscribers in US, Canada & UK only)

1 Discounts on pay-per-incident support are available only in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Poland, Denmark, Spain, Austria, Ireland, Finland, South Africa, Greece, Liechtenstein, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Australia, and New Zealand.


There are two different flavors of TechNet Plus subscriptions available to choose from:

·         TechNet Plus Direct – Access to all TechNet Plus resources via the members-only TechNet Plus benefits portal for an individual user. Does not include DVD shipments.

·         TechNet Plus Single User – Access to all TechNet Plus resources via online benefits portal and regular DVD shipments for a single user.

For all TechNet Plus subscriptions, please note the following:

  • TechNet Plus Direct and TechNet Plus Single User are licensed to individuals.  Only the licensed subscriber may use the included products.

  • Software provided through TechNet Plus is for evaluation purposes and cannot be used in a live production environment.

  • TechNet Plus is an annual subscription and there are discounts available for annual renewals.

We have an online demo available to learn more about TechNet Plus subscriptions and what they can provide to you.


If your company achieves the Certified Partner or Gold Certified Partner level in the Microsoft Partner Program, you will receive three (3) TechNet Plus Direct subscriptions as a benefit of your Microsoft Partner Program membership.


So be sure to check out the TechNet Plus subscriptions available to you today and see how they might benefit you and your organization now and into the new year.


Thank you and have a wonderful day,


Eric Ligman
Global Partner Experience Lead
Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group
This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights


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