Update from Microsoft on 'free' TechNet subscription

Found 4th Jun 2009
Yesterday Neowin posted instructions on how to obtain a free Microsoft TechNet subscription.

It's now clear that the free subscriptions were meant for a small and limited amount of people as part of an offer from Microsoft. Unfortunately this was not clear at the time of posting and the sign up links were public on Microsoft owned servers. Microsoft has currently disabled all accounts that were created using the method posted.

Thanks to Neowin member Kristan Kenney's blog we may have a final confirmation on how Microsoft will handle the keys produced from these subscriptions. Kenney spoke to a Microsoft TechNet spokesperson today and they supplied the following statement:

"The Microsoft TechNet Consumer Service Pilot program was intended for use only by those invited through the ITAC program, in which you had to fill out a survey and be accepted as a member of ITAC before being sent an invitation to the TechNet Pilot program.

All of the subscriptions that are listed under the TechNet Consumer Service Pilot have been taken offline and placed "under examination". Any subscriptions created by legitimate ITAC members with valid contact information will continue to have a valid subscription. For those who are not a member of ITAC and signed up directly with the web address will have their subscriptions revoked and any claimed product keys will be placed on a blacklist with Microsoft Genuine Advantage and Product Activation to prevent against software piracy."

When Kenney pushed the official for what would happen to those who planned to share their product keys the spokesperson confirmed "we are able to see what product keys have been assigned to a subscriber, so in that situation we can track down which subscriber the product key originated from."

We contacted Microsoft on several occasions yesterday and the company is aware of the situation but has not issued a full public statement on the matter. It appears that Microsoft will be revoking subscriptions and blacklisting keys obtained. Once we get further correspondence from Microsoft we will update this post.

28 Comments

Original Poster

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Oh well, At least I've got fresh iso's for my genuine product keys.

**** im using one of their product keys on my current system , what do i do?

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spobby;5404440

**** im using one of their product keys on my current system , what do i … **** im using one of their product keys on my current system , what do i do?



disconnect from the internet and hide

should i just not do windows update?

lets me honest, all their software is available for free anyway... if they wanna be dicks about it its pretty obvious what will happen..... eg the version of office ur using with ur free technet serial vs lots of other ppls free serial...


microsoft + epic + fail

i think TechNet has become self aware !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Latest Update from Kennys blog:

UPDATE (06/04/2009 7:50 PM EST): I have been in touch with Microsoft TechNet Customer Service once again and was provided some updated information. At this point, management are still deciding whether or not any of the product keys claimed through these subscriptions will be blacklisted, as well as any legal implications and ramifications there may be in this event; the rest of the above information has not changed (this offer was only for ITAC, and that the subscriptions have been revoked).

When I asked them what would happen if someone were to share or otherwise sell the product keys obtained, the agent informed me that it would be handled appropriately as they would with any other product key leak.

Full read
blog.kristankenney.com/

Thought it was too good to be true. Considered it but then wondered about the Microsoft backlash so didnt proceed.

tinkerbell28;5406100

Plus all the people here who have openly on a forum offered to dish the … Plus all the people here who have openly on a forum offered to dish the keys out as sweets, here and on the threads in question to anyonbe who could not get on. :roll: I would be a little anxious.You gotta laugh at peoples ignorance, when they won't listen if they think they can blag a freebie and get away with it.


I think creamcrackered was right to post the offer. There may be a small number of individuals who were genuinely entitled to take up the offer. The majority however should have signed up with the realisation that they were taking a chance that these would possibly be revoked. Its like any other misprice on here mostly you lose but occassionally you win......

I saw some of the posts - Tinkerbell. People don't like getting their consciences *****ed (p-r-i-c-k-e-d) but I think it was wrong for you and others to be ridiculed. It was very tempting to sign up for the deal but those who thought it was a 100% legit offer are deluding themselves.

MS made a mistake and they took advantage of it - if MS now correct that mistake they can't really complain. I suspect there will be some unhappy ebayers in a month or so (if the keys are revoked). I have some sympathy for those who obtained the software for geniune personal use but none whatsoever for those who will be re-selling items with illegal software...

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While anyone sharing the keys deserves to be caught, fined, and whatever else (Bummed in prison perhaps), I think the people who just got keys sensibly, for themselves, will be ok.

Also, despite the quote above, there is no chance of the keys being blacklisted. I'd bet my house on it (if I owned a house)

vibeone;5406463

While anyone sharing the keys deserves to be caught, fined, and whatever … While anyone sharing the keys deserves to be caught, fined, and whatever else (Bummed in prison perhaps), I think the people who just got keys sensibly, for themselves, will be ok.Also, despite the quote above, there is no chance of the keys being blacklisted. I'd bet my house on it (if I owned a house)



I wouldnt quite go as far as saying no chance but agree they probably wont bother. If history is anything to go by, Microsoft prefer peaople to use their products even if they havent paid for it. The logic being that if they know the product and are comfortable with it, they will eventualy buy it. They do however comed down very heavy on business's who abuse licensing agreements and people who profiteer from piracy.

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tinkerbell28;5406531

Have you read the technet thread? Microsoft have confirmed they will be … Have you read the technet thread? Microsoft have confirmed they will be blacklisting keys..............



Have you read my post lol? I have read it, and I've read the original post here. I know what Microsoft say, but that is very different to what will actually happen. Just scare tactics to reduce the amount of people using them. The majority of people using the keys would never buy office or vista anyway - only pirate it, so theres no massive monetary loss here, and it'll cost more getting a clown to sort through the complaints, valid or invalid, and adding and removing keys from this 'blacklist'

Lets not start this again, what will happen will happen.

midiman;5406621

I wouldnt quite go as far as saying no chance but agree they probably … I wouldnt quite go as far as saying no chance but agree they probably wont bother. If history is anything to go by, Microsoft prefer peaople to use their products even if they havent paid for it. The logic being that if they know the product and are comfortable with it, they will eventualy buy it. They do however comed down very heavy on business's who abuse licensing agreements and people who profiteer from piracy.



You are right - bad wording on my part. It's unlikely in my opinion, that they will actually blacklist.

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tinkerbell28;5406531

Have you read the technet thread? Microsoft have confirmed they will be … Have you read the technet thread? Microsoft have confirmed they will be blacklisting keys..............



Microsoft have confirmed that they May or May NOT blacklist the keys, Most probably the latter.

Your only half correct.

Scare tactics from Microsoft.

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tinkerbell28;5406978

Lets just see shall we, I would bet my house they do start blacklisting … Lets just see shall we, I would bet my house they do start blacklisting keys, maybe some sensible ones may slip through the net, but I guarantee they will start blacklisting keys for those that abused they system.I stand by that even though there is no possible way any keys would ever be blacklisted according to the original thread, according to posters here, like I say give it time...........:) HAPPY FACES LOVE IN THIS THREAD!!!!Na seriously no arguments, that's just my final opinion


For people who truly abused the system - I hope they do blacklist them. But I don't class what I, or most other did, was abusing the system.

People who share keys = block them. The rest won't get blocked

Happy because I get to move into tinks house soon!

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ACCOUNTS ARE BACK!!!

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SORRY SHOULDNT HAVE MADE A NEW THREAD BUT WHAT A TURN UP LOL

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why is anyone who has a proffesional"IT career" actually looking for free keys in the first place??

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tinkerbell28;5407148

HAHAHA IT's not mine to give away unless you wanna marry me I am in … HAHAHA IT's not mine to give away unless you wanna marry me I am in MQ:thumbsup:But you said no keys will be blacklisted yesterday From the other thread ;)vibeone: he's not!Microsoft may well block the technet accounts, but the keys will NOT be blocked!I'm doubtful they will even block the technet accounts frankly.Shame my earlier post got deleted - I hope you had chance to read it first Peter ;)mate, i don't know why you bother replying to these people.. you and i, and everyone else who has a professional career in IT and who spend their entire working week dealing with microsoft/msdn/technet know that these keys will not be "revoked" or whatever, but you have no hope of convincing these lot lol.. Of course it was an abuse of the system to think otherwise is just ignorant, don't want to start a fight but I can't think of any other word



no it was exploitation of a loophole.

BTW, at that point it was not well known that people were trying to sell keys etc. But I still dont think keys will be blacklisted except in extreme cases.

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vibeone;5407388

Y Fair point. But a lot of deals posted here are morally questionable - … Y Fair point. But a lot of deals posted here are morally questionable - dodgy money off codes etc.



not questtionong the morality of it im just wondering why so called it profesionals are needing free codes off the net? surely this things are required for your work or available subsidised through compaines you work for.....or eligible for refund on them at tax claim time

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casparwhite;5407434

not questtionong the morality of it im just wondering why so called it … not questtionong the morality of it im just wondering why so called it profesionals are needing free codes off the net? surely this things are required for your work or available subsidised through compaines you work for.....or eligible for refund on them at tax claim time


yeah but what I'm saying is... I understand the point you are making, but you know the real answer to this!

There ain't 2000 degrees of heat's worth of IT Pros on this forum!

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vibeone;5407446

yeah but what I'm saying is... I understand the point you are making, but … yeah but what I'm saying is... I understand the point you are making, but you know the real answer to this!There ain't 2000 degrees of heat's worth of IT Pros on this forum!



my point being there arent gonna be any it professionals who would need to try and take advantage of such an offer and possibly risk a backlash from ms possibly affecting their career...

if its your job you dont go taking risks on dodgy grey area software

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casparwhite;5407536

my point being there arent gonna be any it professionals who would need … my point being there arent gonna be any it professionals who would need to try and take advantage of such an offer and possibly risk a backlash from ms possibly affecting their career...if its your job you dont go taking risks on dodgy grey area software


I agree. We both know why people are interested in this though.

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vibeone;5407564

I agree. We both know why people are interested in this though.



tbh i dont even know what it is.....:p

havnt bothered to look

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casparwhite;5407581

tbh i dont even know what it is.....:phavnt bothered to look


basically its like a torrent, only with a working key, no viruses and fast download speed.

Can't get onto site - anyone got link?

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vibeone;5407629

basically its like a torrent, only with a working key, no viruses and … basically its like a torrent, only with a working key, no viruses and fast download speed.



yeah i wont sign upto anything that involves giving out my details while im downloading illegal material.....ive seen what that usenet lot did to a few of their users....grassed em up and passed all details over to the authourities

thats the way its going.....and id rather stay anon tbh till this is all sorted

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tinkerbell28;5407650

But legal, if you have the authority to sign up and use it



casparwhite;5407675

yeah i wont sign upto anything that involves giving out my details while … yeah i wont sign upto anything that involves giving out my details while im downloading illegal material.....ive seen what that usenet lot did to a few of their users....grassed em up and passed all details over to the authouritiesthats the way its going.....and id rather stay anon tbh till this is all sorted



Just had another chat with microsoft.. who at least down at chat level have no idea why accounts are being re-enabled.

As for anon or not-anon... Microsoft have all my details anyway. I guess theres a few peopel here who have been to launches and training at Reading anyway, so they've probably got our iris scans and fingerprints too!

not letting you get keys or download now
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