I signed up for Empower in May of this year, and today I received an email from Microsoft informing me that my membership has ended, and I have graduated from the program - did anyone else get one of these (presumably in error)?
Is it, possibly, a hoax?
John Q Tester
This is very interesting.
The licence expires, however I doubt anything actually happens. You're expected to graduate into the full Partner Program after that.
So... at the end of the Empower ISV, if I don't buy all the licenses again, BSA (MS Police) comes in, finds the boxes of MSDN Universal and the software running on our computers, and sentences us to many years in prison?
BSA itself doesn't come in, they send The Weasel through the air ducts.
I got the same message as well. I will see what happens. I am trying to contact my Empower Contact.
I also had the same message, since its not even 12 months my guess its a general screw up.
According to the Man, a number of these emails went out spuriously, but some of them were for real. So if you're sure your subsciption isn't going to end in the next week or so you can forget about it.
Mistaken dates aside, I would think that the bait and switch on the terms is more worrisome.
What switch? The terms are as they were, you still have the ability to extend the subscription into a second year.
While the email implies that there is no renewal (as originally there was not, and presumably they never upated it. As a sidenote, I found the email "prickish"), that isn't what I'm finding interesting : I find it interesting that while a normal MSDN subscription expiration does _not_ stop your right to use the software included with the subscription (you can use whatever MSDN software you received forever), apparently, albeit confusingly unconfirmed (there has been information both ways), the Empower for ISV program puts a special disclaimer on the MSDN license that it expires at the end of your Empower agreement. In other words it ISN'T an MSDN Universal Subscription, but rather is a "time limited" MSDN Universal Subscription (again - a `real' MSDN subscription allows you to continue to use the software after your subscription expires).
Yep, that last point is the one I'm relying on.
As an update on this, as expected I got another email informing me that it was a mistake, and everything is still fine.
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