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On-premises use rights

Many of the Online Services User SLs also include rights to access a licensed on-premises server. For example, an Office 365 E3 User SL includes the same rights as an Exchange Standard and Enterprise CAL, a SharePoint Standard and Enterprise…

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Tenant-level services

A tenant-level service is an Online Service that when it’s purchased for any user in the tenant is activated in part or in full for all users in the tenant. Sometimes it’s not possible to restrict access to the service…

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Types of Online Services User SLs

The majority of the Online Services are licensed with User Subscription Licenses. However, there are a number of different types, so let’s take a look. Full User SLs The regular User Subscription License is a Full license which means that…

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User types

The different Online Services plans licensed by user are each aimed at one of three different user types. Firstly, there are users who work for small and medium businesses. There’s always a debate about how big a small and medium…

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Online Services plans

These days there are a lot of different Online Services and for some of them you can buy individual licenses – Exchange Online, for example. Often there are different plans which license different amounts of the functionality – Exchange Online…

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Versions and editions

With traditional, on-premises software there’s the notion of versions and editions: Windows Server 2022 Standard, for example. The version tells us how new the technology is, and the edition tells us how much functionality there is. There’s no notion of…

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License reassignment rights

User Subscription Licenses are assigned to individual, named users, and although licenses may be reassigned between users, in common with the on-premises software licenses, this is typically no more than every 90 days.

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Licenses for Online Services products

Online Services are generally licensed with User Subscription Licenses (User SLs) with just a few products licensed with Device Subscription Licenses (Device SLs). The licenses are always non-perpetual, just allowing access to the service for as long as the subscription…

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LICENSING ONLINE SERVICES 

Use this section to get some general information on how the Online Services products are licensed and then get more detail in the individual product sections that follow.

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