Continue TechNet Or Create An Affordable Alternative To MSDN.
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Continue TechNet Or Create An Affordable Alternative To MSDN.

    1. Petition by

      Cody Skidmore

      Concord, NH

IT Professionals and ISVs need affordable access to Microsoft products normally accessed through TechNet. Please continue TechNet or create an affordable alternative to MSDN subscriptions minus Visual Studio and associated developer tools. Currently, the only comparable MSDN subscription costs $6120.

To:
Microsoft
Continue TechNet or create an affordable alternative to MSDN subscriptions.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 12,500 signatures
    2. Rebuttal to Toddy Mladenov's article on sys-con.com

      Cody Skidmore
      Petition Organizer

      I posted a rebuttal to Toddy Mladenov's article from SYS-CON MEDIA. You can find his article here: http://www.sys-con.com/node/2753388.

      The rebuttal can be found here: http://savetechnetsubscriptions.blogspot.com/2013/08/rebuttal-to-toddy-mladenovs-article-on.html

      Respectfully,

      Cody Skidmore
      Twitter: @SaveTechNet
      HashTag: #Technet

    3. Important Resources For Organizing And Communicating

      Cody Skidmore
      Petition Organizer

      We established resources to help organize the community.
      - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaveTechNetSubscriptions
      - Twitter: @SaveTechNet
      - Announcement list: http://bit.ly/1cbcJro
      - Blog: http://SaveTechNet.com
      - Email Address: info@savetechnet.com

      Please go to the Email Discussion list and subscribe. This is critical to organizing our movement and communicating with you.

      Respectfully,

      Cody Skidmore
      Twitter: @SaveTechNet
      HashTag: #Technet

    4. Reached 8,000 signatures
    5. A New Phase In Our Fight To Keep TechNet Open

      Cody Skidmore
      Petition Organizer

      Please visit SaveTechNet.com for news and plans for our next phase effort to keep TechNet open.

      Please join the Save TechNet email discussion list at http://bit.ly/1cbcJro. We need your help guiding the movement.

      Respectfully,

      Cody Skidmore

    6. Reached 7,000 signatures
    7. Call To Action

      Cody Skidmore
      Petition Organizer

      Thomas Lee and Jonathan Medd pointed out that Microsoft tried closing the MVP program once. The announcement caused uproar leading to MVPs organizing. They fought back by writing Microsoft directly. Inboxes of Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, and vice presidents soon flooded as supporters expressed the value of the MVP program. Three days later, Microsoft recanted and reinstated the MVP program. The event is chronicled here.

      http://bit.ly/dLuO1C

      The parallels between their plight and ours are striking. Despite what skeptics say, we can convince Microsoft to keep TechNet open. Be courageous!

      If you feel compelled to act, please write Microsoft. Start with Steve Ballmer. His email address should be steveb@microsoft.com. Outline in your own words reasons for keeping TechNet open and its importance to you.

      We need your help gathering email addresses. If you find any please share them.

      Respectfully,

      Cody Skidmore
      Twitter: @CodySkidmore
      HashTag: #TechNet

    8. Reached 6,000 signatures
    9. More Headlines

      Cody Skidmore
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everyone. Ed Bott of ZDNet just published an article covering our campaign to keep TechNet open. The article can be found here: http://zd.net/13Gwdug

      I'll send everyone a letter regarding upcoming plans tomorrow. Please think about what our next move should be. We'll need your ideas soon.

      Respectfully,

      Cody Skidmore

    10. Reached 5,000 signatures
    11. Update!! 5,000 Signatures: Less Than 400 Away From A Huge Milestone!

      Cody Skidmore
      Petition Organizer

      [UPDATE] Jul 18, 2013. As of 9:30 am EST we received 5,000 signatures and just kept going. Again, thanks!

      Thanks to all of you for your diligence. We are so close to 5,000 signatures. It will be a turning point.

      I read the comments left on the petition. I encourage you to read them also. They're a source of strength reminding us how important TechNet is, and what a small gesture it would be for Microsoft to keep TechNet open.

      We must articulate our case through strength and temperance. By doing so, we convince others to join us. Microsoft watches our numbers grow daily with each individual delivering the same message. Keep TechNet alive!

      Finally, I must ask for a small favor. Please don't refer to me by name in forums, blogs, or news articles. Labeling this as my fight diminishes the hard work individuals do every day to keep us going.

      Respectfully,

      Cody Skidmore
      Twitter: @CodySkidmore
      HashTag: #TechNet

    12. Reached 4,000 signatures
    13. Regarding Today's Press Coverage

      Cody Skidmore
      Petition Organizer

      We greatly appreciate your coverage. This is the community's fight. Without the support of thousands of professionals, the petition is little more than a withering footnote.

      We use TechNet to become experts on Microsoft products and advocate for them. We use it to deliver sound advice and solutions. We ask Microsoft to remember this before punishing everyone for the abuses of a few.

      Repectfully,

      Cody Skidmore
      Twitter: @CodySkidmore
      HashTag: #TechNet

    14. Reached 3,000 signatures
    15. We Made The Press

      Cody Skidmore
      Petition Organizer

      We made the press for the first time, and you made it happen. We need to focus on two things.

      1. We need to double down on the pressure. Don't assume Microsoft will back-pedal. They may try placating us. Instead we must demonstrate our resolve.

      2. We need to broaden our media coverage. Many professionals are still unaware we’re resisting the closure of TechNet. Today there are more than 2600 signatures. However I believe that figure is dwarfed the actual number of active TechNet subscribers. The way to reach those professionals is through Twitter, Facebook, pod-casts, blogs, and press outlets. Please utilize these to raise awareness.

      To all of you blogging, tweeting, emailing, and otherwise relentlessly hounding the Internet, thank you!

      Respectfully,

      Cody Skidmore
      Twitter: @CodySkidmore
      HashTag: #TechNet

    16. Reached 2,500 signatures
    17. Signatures Break 1,500; Spreading to Many Countries

      Cody Skidmore
      Petition Organizer

      Congratulations to everyone. We accumulated more than 1,500 signatures in a matter of days, and new signatures pour in every minute! Please keep up the momentum. We must demonstrate our determination to Microsoft and how their decision impacts us.

      Counted in our midst are professionals from around the world. Please spread the word about our cause and encourage others to sign.

      Respectfully,

      Cody Skidmore
      Twitter: @CodySkidmore
      HashTag: #TechNet

    18. Reached 1,500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • jua carlois SPAIN
      • 3 days ago

      para desarrollo

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    • Jan Brinks GEERTRUIDENBERG, NETHERLANDS
      • 6 days ago

      Ability to build test environments, for demo and learning.

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    • Chris Couchman BETTENDORF, IA
      • 9 days ago

      As an IT Pro, I need access to time unlimited software to keep my knowledge up on products. Plus having access to new products early lets me get ahead of the game

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    • Steve Bond BASINGSTOKE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 days ago

      I use technet support cases to get help with critical issues and the software provided for learning and professional development. My experiments often run longer than the 90/180 day evaluation licenses (I run servers inproduction longer than this, so my investigations need to include server lifecycle testing). The technet library is invaluable to learning the ins and outs of microsoft technologies (I assume this information will still be around though)

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    • Clinton Bacon JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
      • 12 days ago

      My company does not allow me to "play around" with an environment like I have at home; which has been built over many many years. How does one take away the TechNet subscription and not replace it with something similar...???

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