Quote: Originally Posted by MadMaxData
Revoking product keys after 1 year is hardly practical though. Not to mention that TechNet subscriptions would decline dramatically. Not eveyone considers $350.00 "practically nothing" as you have suggested. Especially in todays economy.
I only say it's "practically nothing" because if you were having to actually buy the retail Microsoft software like everybody else is doing, you wouldn't get much software at all for $350.... $350 won't buy you 1 copy of Windows 7 Professional and 1 copy of Office. Plus with Technet you get 2 free support incidents...which I believe are $250 a pop if you are a normal retail customer. I've always been shocked that Technet is as "cheap" as what it is for what you get. Considering that you get hundreds of licenses with a technet subscription, it seems rather absurd that it's only a few dollars more than 1 single copy of Windows 7 at Best Buy, NewEgg or OfficeMax.
Technet subscriptions are really intended for IT professionals
and for testing purposes
. And these IT professionals really need the software continuously on an ongoing basis. The theory is that the software easily provides more than $350 or $250 (yearly renewal rate), worth of benefit on a yearly basis.
However, the majority of people here buying Technet are doing so to allow them to run multiple computers in their house, all equipped with whatever Microsoft OS they want and which ever copy of Office they want to use. Not to mention, the ability to run the server based products like Server 2003 and Server 2008.
Many aren't really utilizing Technet for it's intended purpose. For example, I cannot use a technet subscription at work to install software on lab computers for departmental testing. And I cannot put Technet software onto desktop computers for employees to use. For development purposes at work, I have to have an MSDN account and for production use for employees or servers, we have to maintain a volume licensing agreement with Microsoft.