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EA: Enterprise Agreement.

Edition: A way of differentiating between different sets of functionalities that are included in a product – Windows Server 2022 Standard does not include as many features as Windows Server 2022 Datacenter, for example.

Enterprise Agreement (EA): An agreement aimed at larger customers who have more than 500 devices or users. Learn about licensing with an EA here.

Enterprise CAL Suite: A way of buying 12 useful CALs together. Learn about the licensing of the Enterprise CAL Suite here.

Enterprise Cloud Suite: The original name of Microsoft 365 Enterprise.

Enterprise Desktop: In an Enterprise/Enterprise Subscription enrollment, this is the name for the enterprise-wide commitment a customer has made to Windows, Office and the Enterprise CAL Suite. Learn about licensing the Enterprise Desktop here.

Enterprise Enrollment: One of three enrollments signed under an Enterprise Agreement, where customers make an enterprise-wide commitment to the desktop products. Learn about buying on-premises products, Online Services, and Azure through an Enterprise Enrollment.

Enterprise Resource Planning: Technology that enables an organization to manage processes and departments within and across the entire organization. The Dynamics 365 ERP apps give users working in different functional areas of the business software specific to their roles.

Enterprise Subscription Enrollment: One of three enrollments signed under an Enterprise Agreement, where customers make an enterprise-wide commitment to the desktop products with subscription licenses. Learn about buying on-premises products, Online Services, and Azure through an Enterprise Subscription Enrollment.

Entra ID: See Microsoft Entra ID.

EOP: Exchange Online Protection.

ERP: Enterprise Resource Planning.

ESU: Extended Security Updates.

Exchange Online Archiving for Exchange Server: A cloud-based archive for users with primary mailboxes in Exchange Server 2016/2019. Learn about licensing Exchange Online Archiving for Exchange Server here.

Exchange Online Protection: A cloud-based filtering services that protects an organization against spam, malware, phishing, and other email threats. Learn about licensing Exchange Online Protection here.

Exchange Online Voice Mail Service: A Software Assurance benefit for Exchange Server. Learn about the Exchange Online Voice Mail Service benefit here.

Exchange Server: The Microsoft email server. Learn about licensing Exchange Server here.

EXP: Employee Experience Platform.

Extended Security Updates: Licenses that provide support for up to three years after the end-of-support date. Learn about Extended Security Updates for Windows Server, SQL Server, Azure Dedicated Host, and with the Flexible Virtualization Benefit.

External Connector License: A single license that allows an unlimited number of external users to access a server. Learn about Windows Server External Connector licenses.

External user: An external user is someone who isn’t an employee of the organization buying the licenses but does need to access an internal solution. Learn about external users for Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange Server and SharePoint Server.

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Fabric: See Microsoft Fabric.

Fabric (free): The most basic user license for Power BI. Learn about Power BI user licenses here.

Field Service Contractor: A license which is part of the Dynamics 365 Field Service solution which is assigned to a technician for them to be able to (for example) view and update work orders on the go. Learn about the licensing here.

Field Service Mobile app: An app which is part of the Dynamics 365 Field Service solution enabling a technician to (for example) view and update work orders on the go. Learn about the licensing here.

Firstline Workers: The previous name of Frontline Workers.

Flexible Virtualization Benefit: A benefit that allows customers to take eligible licenses to the shared hardware of Authorized Outsourcers. Learn about licensing with the Flexible Virtualization Benefit here.

Forms Pro: See Microsoft Forms Pro.

Frontline Workers: Someone who does need technology in their role but doesn’t spend all day sitting in front of a PC creating PowerPoint presentations or Excel spreadsheets. Examples include doctors, people working in hospitality and retail, or in manufacturing. Learn about licensing Frontline Workers here.

From SA licenses: Special-priced licenses that customers with active Software Assurance have been able to purchase as they move to the cloud. Find out more general information about From SA licenses here, and specific information for Office 365, Microsoft 365, and EMS.

FVB: Flexible Virtualization Benefit.

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General Availability Channel: Annual feature releases for Windows 11. Learn more here.

Get Licensing Ready: A splendid Microsoft resource with lots of modules to help you learn the basics of Microsoft licensing. It’s free to access here.

GitHub Copilot: A tool that assists developers in writing code by offering suggestions – either via autocomplete as coding is taking place, or by responding with code to a natural language request. Learn about licensing GitHub Copilot here.

GLR: Get Licensing Ready.

Graduated pricing: For some Azure services, such as storage, there is graduated pricing available, which means that the more of a service you use each month, the cheaper the unit price becomes. Learn about licensing the Azure consumption services here.

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Home Use Program (HUP): Previous name for the Workplace Discount Program.

HUP: Home Use Program.

Hybrid Use Benefit: See Azure Hybrid Benefit