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Breaking News: IT Pro Cloud Essentials–Free cloud, education, and support!

Happy IT Pros checking out the IT Pro Cloud Essentials Page This is big news!  Today Microsoft is announcing a new subscription (but it’s free!) for IT Professionals.  The goal is to give IT Pros the tools they need to train, test, and eventually implement private and public cloud solutions.

“Subscription?  Sounds like TechNet is back!”

Well, yeah, in a sense it is.  It’s no secret that the TechNet Subscription ‘back in the day’ was a great resource for IT Professionals.  But the fact that these non-timeout, non-production trials were being used in production was something we just couldn’t continue.  Limited trials, it was thought, should be sufficient.  But I think Microsoft has heard you, and we’re giving you another way to get some more flexibility in trying out, for longer periods of time (but not completely unlimited, because that would be silly) our most impactful cloud platforms.

Here’s the description from the IT Pro Cloud Essentials page:

“Microsoft IT Pro Cloud Essentials is a free annual subscription which includes cloud services, education, and support benefits. IT Pro Cloud Essentials provides IT Implementers with hands-on experience, targeted educational opportunities, and access to experts in areas that matter most to increase knowledge and create a path to career advancement.”

“So, what does the subscription include?”

First off, it’s about extended trials.  You’ll have a small amount of Azure usage.  Just enough to let you kick the tires for a while, but not enough to let you drive to and from work each day.  (Meaning not for production workloads.)  It also includes extended trials of Office 365 and the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), things like Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory.

The subscription also includes free training through Microsoft Virtual Academy, and even our partner PluralSight.

And, while it wasn’t actually used very often.. one of the most popular benefits of the old TechNet Subscription was having a free technical support call.  (People didn’t use it all that often, because they tended to hold onto it “just in case I need it”.)  Well, it’s back!  This FREE subscription also gives you one support incident!  And what’s more, you also have a priority support channel in the Microsoft TechNet Forums.

Sound good?  You’re darn right it is!  And we’re pleased to bring it to you!

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Kevin is an engaging and highly sought-after speaker and webcaster who has landed several times on Microsoft's top 10 webcast list, and has delivered many top-scoring TechNet events and webcasts. In his past outside of Microsoft, Kevin has held positions such as software engineer, information systems professional, and information systems manager. He loves sharing helpful new solutions and technologies with his IT professional peers.

A prolific blogger, Kevin shares his thoughts, ideas and tips on his “Full of I.T.” blog (http://aka.ms/FullOfIT). He also contributes to and moderates the TechNet Forum IT Manager discussion (http://aka.ms/ITManager), and presents live TechNet Events throughout the central U.S. (http://www.technetevents.com). When he's not busy learning or blogging about new technologies, Kevin enjoys digital photography and videography, and sings in a band. (Q: Midlife crisis? A: More cowbell!) He continues to challenge his TechNet Event audiences to sing Karaoke with him.