Quote: Originally Posted by cloud8521
my wallet is crying... why does this cost more then the os?
Unfortunately, that is the way that it has always been with Microsoft Office. Microsoft makes quite a bit of money from businesses and such on licensing for the Office suite...which many businesses have to stay current on. For home use though...I generally don't see that much need to stay current with Microsoft office.
Quote: Originally Posted by rbmorse
A TechNet subscription is nice, but keep in mind it imposes its own set of restrictions on how the software can be used. Probably not something that affects too many people here, but all it takes is a few selfish sociopaths to get caught misusing the program to convince Microsoft to restrict availability or eliminate the program completely. Which would be a shame as the MSDN subscription with the closest equivalent "Software Benefits" package (Visual Studio Professional with MSDN Premium) runs about $2,500 USD.
As far as Technet goes, I called Microsoft on the issue and they have no problems whatsoever if a home hobbyist buys a copy of Technet and uses all of the software provided on multiple computers within their own home for their own personal use. Microsoft only has an issue if you try to run or support a business with Technet software or if you share your technet software/keys with another person. Personally though, I feel that if you obtain your OS's and Office through Technet...then you should be renewing this Technet subscription year after year.
I know many will disagree with me on this, but based on the amount of money saved on what you are using...it's not going to cost that much more (if any) to keep your Technet subscriptions current.
Microsoft is not likely to discontinue Technet as they make quite a bit of money off it that would otherwise likely be lost as people using Technet software would have likely obtained their software through other means.
MSDN costs more than Technet...but it's typically because you get more software and you also have the right to use said software in a business environment. In fact, if purchases for work use by your employer....I don't believe that it allows copies to be used outside of the office (for example, in the developers home).