Technet Direct Plus

Microsoft recently offered Technet Direct Plus as one of their Technet service offers. Under this program, a single user can download any full version of any of Microsoft’s offerings for evaluation purposes right from Microsoft’s web site. The first year is $349; after that it’s $249 per year. I just signed up tonight. As an IT professional, I always have to hunt around for trial versions. The nice thing is that there are also special activation perks as well. Take Windows Vista. You can install and activate using the key they gave you up on 10 machines. On the same hardware, Microsoft won’t decrement the activation count, meaning you can activate over and over again on the same hardware.

You also get two free PSS calls, how cool is that?

I asked Technet support if you can still use the software if you do not renew the subscription and I was told yes! So this is a very sweet deal indeed.

Listed below are some of the goodies you get to play with:

Applications

FrontPage 2003

Office 2003

Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005

Office Communicator 2005

Office Small Business Accounting

Office System 2007

Office Project Portfolio Server 2006

Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003

OneNote 2003 with Service Pack 1

Outlook 2003

Project 2003

Project 2003 Server

Virtual PC 2004
Virtual Server 2005

Virtual Server 2005 R2 Virtual Server 2005 R2

Visio 2003

Microsoft Dynamics

AX 4.0
Axapta 3.0
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
GP (Great Plains)
Navision 4.0
Point of Sale 1.0
Small Business Accounting
Small Business Manager
Solomon

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3

Windows Vista

Windows Vista August 2006 CTP (Build 5536)
Windows Vista Beta 2 (Build 5384)
Windows Vista July 2006 CTP (Build 5472.5)
Windows Vista RC1 (Build 5600)

Windows XP

Windows XP Professional
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

Servers

BizTalk Server
Commerce Server
Content Management Server
Data Protection Manager 2006
Exchange Server

Host Integration Server 2004
Identity Integration Server 2003, Enterprise Edition

Identity Integration Server 2003 (English)

Identity Integration Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (English)

Microsoft Identity Integration Server Host Access Management Agent Feature Pack 2 (English)

Update for Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (English)

ISA Server

ISA Server 2004 Enterprise
ISA Server 2004 Service Pack 2

ISA Server 2004 Standard
ISA Server 2006 Enterprise Edition
ISA Server 2006 Standard Edition
Live Communications Server
Microsoft Operations Manager
Software Update Services
Speech Server 2004

SQL Server

SQL Server 2000
SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition

SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services
SQL Server 2005
System Center Capacity Planner

Systems Management Server

Systems Management Server 2003

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