I let my TechNet subscription lapse this past August. I had access to all of Microsoft’s operating systems going back to Windows 3.11.
I had Office XP, 2003 and 2007. I also had Windows 7 Ultimate, Home Premium, and all that jazz.
TechNet is seriously worth it, especially if you’re in the IT field. You pay roughly $3-5 hundred for access to all of Microsoft’s tools. You do have to abide by the rules set forth by the licensing agreement though. That means that the software cannot be used in a production environment. So what type of scenario are we talking about and what would be legal?
You could use it at home, for testing purposes, so long as you don’t use it to make money off of. That is what the gist of it is. You should read the fine print though but the main thing is that it is not for production and that you are using it strictly for testing. Testing out Windows 7 to see how it works so you can recommend it to your clients. Testing out Windows Server 2008 so that you can also recommend it to your clients. As well as testing the server environment so that you can get accustomed to and serve your clientele properly.
In a nutshell, it’s a worthwhile investment that most if not all IT people should have. Most people will pay $150.00-$300 for a full copy of Windows 7 or even in the past for Vista and XP. For a few hundred more you can have access to all of the versions of Windows as well as their other software.
It’s simply amazing and a worthwhile investment. I renewed it today. I was out of it and really was in a bind to test Windows 7. I bit the bullet and bought the renewal. It’s money well worth spent!