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Enterprise Agreement basics

An Enterprise Agreement is aimed at larger customers who have more than 500 devices or users. It is known as a committed agreement since a customer can’t sign an Enterprise Agreement without making some sort of commitment based on the…

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How do customers buy Microsoft products?

Microsoft have historically sold licenses for their software products through Volume Licensing agreements such as the Enterprise Agreement or an Open Value agreement. When Online Services and the Azure services became available many of the agreements were extended to allow…

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What does Microsoft sell?

Microsoft sells three different types of products: on-premises software such as Windows Server or SQL Server; Online Services such as Office 365 or Dynamics 365; and Azure services such as virtual machines or cloud storage. For the on-premises products you…

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Changes to Microsoft licensing

Of course, there are always changes in Microsoft licensing, and this content is kept up-to-date as Microsoft make changes. For licensing that was current in 2021, you should refer to the Microsoft Licensing Body of Knowledge 2021 physical book.

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Useful reference resources

The intention of this digital book is not to replace Microsoft’s official documentation, rather to explain it. You should always reference Microsoft’s own resources, rather than this digital book, for example, when you document your licensing decisions, and it’s the…

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OVERVIEW

Microsoft sell a wide range of products across traditional software, Online Services and Azure, and there are a substantial number of agreements that customers can purchase them through. The rules for how you acquire licenses for the different products are…

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