In an email to its customers, Microsoft today announced that the company is killing its TechRewards program next year. Microsoft TechRewards was previously known as DVLUP, which essentially offered some deals and offers for software developers and IT professionals. In the email, Microsoft stated that the company believes that some of the other Microsoft programs can “best support users in their technical journey.”
The software giant is removing all the current Challenges from the Microsoft TechRewards site today. Additionally, the company has also stopped offering all the rewards (points, experience points, and badges). Here’s the full email:
As a valuable member of Microsoft TechRewards, we are notifying you of an important change to the program. Microsoft TechRewards will close on January 6, 2017. The program aimed to help Developers and IT Professionals learn, experiment, and build projects with Microsoft technologies. We believe other Microsoft Programs more closely associated with products and services can best support users in their technical journey.
Effective October 6, 2016, all current Challenges will be removed from the site. Points (PTS), Experience Points (XP), and Badges will no longer be awarded. Please be sure to redeem your Points via the Rewards Catalogue and save your Badges by 11:59 PM PST on January 6, 2017.
Thank you for your participation!
As you can read in the above email, Microsoft is requesting users to redeem all of their points from the Rewards Catalogue on TechRewards — so if you’re using TechREwards, you should probably redeem all the points on your account as soon as possible.