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MAC: Microsoft 365 Admin Center.

MACC: Microsoft Azure Consumption Commitment.

Machine Learning Server: Tools for analyzing data at scale, retired by Microsoft on July 1, 2022.

Managed Meeting Rooms: The precursor to the Microsoft Teams Rooms Premium license.

Management Group:  See Azure Management Group.

Marketing: See Dynamics 365 Marketing.

MCA: Microsoft Customer Agreement.

Marketplace: See Azure Marketplace.

MCA-E: See Microsoft Customer Agreement for enterprise.

MDOP: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack.

Meeting Room: The previous name of the Microsoft Teams Rooms Standard license.

Microsoft 365 Admin Center: A portal (https://admin.microsoft.com/) used to carry out a variety of administrative tasks such as setting up users, and then purchasing and assigning licenses to them, as well as managing billing activities, and carrying out tasks historically performed in the now retired VLSC portal.

Microsoft 365 Apps: The Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access and Publisher apps, available as Microsoft 365 Apps for business and Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise plans. Find out more about licensing Microsoft 365 Apps for business and Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise.

Microsoft 365 E3 – Unattended license: A special license allowing a bot to run repetitive tasks in a Windows client or Office app without user intervention. Learn about Microsoft 365 E3 – Unattended licensing here.

Microsoft 365 Enterprise: A single license for a collection of products: Windows 11 Enterprise, Office 365 and EMS. Find out more about licensing Microsoft 365 Enterprise here.

Microsoft Azure Consumption Commitment (MACC): A contractual commitment that a customer makes directly with Microsoft to spend a certain amount on Azure services over a particular term. Learn about the MACC in the EA and MCA-E.

Microsoft Cost Management: A set of tools to help customers to gain visibility into their costs and optimize their spend on Azure services and Online Services.

Microsoft Customer Agreement (MCA): A single licensing agreement governing a customer’s purchases. Learn more about the Microsoft Customer Agreement here.

Microsoft Customer Agreement for enterprise (MCA-E): A larger, more strategic customer signs the Microsoft Customer Agreement and buys direct from Microsoft. Learn about the basics and how to buy Azure services through the MCA-E.

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP): A suite of desktop management tools. Learn about MDOP licensing here.

Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN): A set of Microsoft resources for developers, now integrated into other sites such as Microsoft Learn.

Microsoft Entra ID: Microsoft’s cloud-based identity and access management service, previously known as Azure Active Directory. Learn about the licensing of Microsoft Entra ID here.

Microsoft Fabric: A platform that allows users to get, create, share, and visualize data using various tools. Power BI is now a component of Microsoft Fabric. Learn about licensing Power BI here.

Microsoft Flow: The previous name of Power Automate.

Microsoft Forms Pro: The previous name of Dynamics 365 Customer Voice.

Microsoft Online Subscription Agreement (MOSA): The original agreement for customers to purchase Online Services such as Office 365.

Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA): A licensing agreement aimed at the larger customer who has more than 250 users or devices. Learn about the basics of the MPSA, and how to buy on-premises products and the Online Services.

Microsoft R Server: The previous name for Machine Learning Server.

Microsoft Relationship Sales: A single license for Dynamics 365 Sales Enterprise and LinkedIn Sales Navigator Advanced Plus. Learn about the licensing of Microsoft Relationship Sales here.

Microsoft Relationship Sales Solution Plus: The previous name for Microsoft Relationship Sales.

Microsoft Teams Rooms (MTR): Shared workspaces with dedicated Microsoft certified devices for video, audio, and content sharing. Learn about Microsoft Teams Rooms licensing here.

Microsoft Teams Rooms Basic: A free license for basic Microsoft Teams Rooms scenarios. Learn about licensing Microsoft Teams Rooms here.

Microsoft Teams Rooms Premium:  A legacy Microsoft Teams Rooms license. Learn about the legacy licensing or the current licensing of Microsoft Teams Rooms.

Microsoft Teams Rooms Pro: A license for full-featured Microsoft Teams Rooms scenarios with a central management capability. Learn about licensing Microsoft Teams Rooms here.

Microsoft Teams Rooms Standard: A legacy Microsoft Teams Rooms license. Learn about the legacy licensing or the current licensing of Microsoft Teams Rooms.

MIP: Microsoft Purview Information Protection.

Monetary Commitment: The former name of Azure Prepayment.

Monthly Subscription Unit: A name given to the special type of subscription licenses that can meet the commitment required for a Server and Cloud Enrollment. Learn about licensing MSUs for the Application Platform and Core Infrastructure components.

MOSA: Microsoft Online Subscription Agreement.

MPSA: Microsoft Products and Services Agreement.

MRS: Microsoft Relationship Sales.

MSDN: Microsoft Developer Network.

MSDN Platforms: One of the Visual Studio 2022 Standard subscriptions. Learn about the licensing of MSDN Platforms here.

MSU: Monthly Subscription Unit.

MTR: Microsoft Teams Rooms.

Multiplexing: The use of hardware or software to pool connections, or reduce the number of devices or users that directly access or use SQL Server. Learn about licensing multiplexing scenarios with SQL Server.

Multi-threading: In licensing terms, when a physical core supports a number of virtual cores, or several physical cores support a single virtual core. Learn about licensing multi-threading scenarios with SQL Server.

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NCE: New Commerce Experience.

NCE – Customer Led: A term Microsoft sometimes use for a customer who is buying via the Microsoft website and who has accepted the terms of the Microsoft Customer Agreement.

NCE – Partner Led: A term Microsoft sometimes use for a customer who is buying via a CSP partner and who has accepted the terms of the Microsoft Customer Agreement.

New Commerce Experience: Microsoft’s updated commerce system for purchasing licenses, governed by the Microsoft Customer Agreement.

New Version rights: Rights to use a newer version of a product released during the term of an agreement. Learn more about New Version rights here.

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OCS: Office Communications Server.

Office LTSC 2021: The Microsoft suite of desktop productivity tools and a cost-effective way for organizations to license all of these products. Learn about licensing Office LTSC 2021 here.

On-premises use rights: A right included in an Online Services license that allows a user to access a licensed on-premises server. Find out more about on-premises use rights for Office 365, Microsoft 365, and EMS.

Office 365 Business: The former name of Microsoft 365 Apps for business. Learn about licensing Microsoft 365 Apps for business here.

Office 365 ProPlus: The former name of Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise. Learn about licensing Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise here.

Office Communications Server (OCS): The previous name of Lync Server.

OLP: Open License Program.

Open License program (OLP): A Volume Licensing agreement aimed at smaller customers which was retired in December 2021. Learn how customers transition their licenses for on-premises products, Online Services and Azure to other agreements.

Open Value non Organization-Wide agreement: A Volume Licensing agreement aimed at smaller customers which does not require a customer to commit to any product organization-wide. Learn about the basics of the Open Value non Organization-Wide agreement, and how on-premises products, Online Services and Azure are purchased through this agreement.

Open Value Organization-Wide agreement: A Volume Licensing agreement aimed at smaller customers which requires a customer to commit to certain products across their organization. Learn about the basics of the Open Value Organization-Wide agreement, and how on-premises products, Online Services and Azure are purchased through this agreement.

Open Value Subscription (OVS) agreement: A Volume Licensing agreement aimed at smaller customers based on subscription licenses and a requirement to commit to certain products organization-wide. Learn about the basics of the Open Value Subscription agreement, and how on-premises products, Online Services and Azure are purchased through this agreement.

OVS: Open Value Subscription agreement.

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Partner Center: The portal used by transacting CSP partners.

Perpetual license: A license a customer owns forever.

Phone System: The previous name of the Teams Phone Standard license.

Planning Services: A Software Assurance benefit retired by Microsoft in 2021.

Power Apps: A product that enables users of all technical abilities to create apps for an organization so that they can improve efficiency by perhaps taking time out of a process or creating an app to replace a paper-based process. Learn about licensing Power Apps here.

Power Apps Portals: The precursor to Power Pages.

Power Automate: A business process and workflow automation tool which enables users to automate repetitive tasks without coding. Learn about licensing Power Automate here.

Power BI: A business analytics service that enables users to create data visualizations and gain insights. It converts data from different sources to build interactive dashboards and business intelligence reports. Learn about licensing Power BI here.

Power BI Desktop: A free tool for users to connect to data sources and transform that data into visualizations. Learn about licensing Power BI Desktop as part of the Power BI solution here.

Power BI Pro: A license for the Power BI service which allows users to create and share content. Learn about licensing Power BI Pro here.

Power BI Report Server: An on-premises server product that enables licensed Power BI Pro users to publish Power BI reports and distribute them across the organization. Learn about licensing Power BI Report Server here.

Power Pages: A low-code web development solution that allows users to rapidly design, configure, and publish websites that work across web browsers and devices. Learn about licensing Power Pages here.

Power Platform: A collection of Microsoft tools that make it easy for users to create business solutions with little or no code. Power Platform includes: Power BI, Power Apps, Power Pages, Power Automate, and Copilot Studio.

Power Virtual Agents (PVA): The precursor to Copilot Studio.

PPU: A term used by the Power BI team to refer to the Power BI Premium Per User license. Learn about licensing Power BI here.

Primary User: A term Microsoft use to refer to a user who uses a licensed device more than 50% of the time in any 90-day period.

Product Terms: Until February 2021 Microsoft released monthly Product Terms and Online Services Terms documents which, together, gave detail on the licensing of its products. From March 2021, however, these documents are replaced by the Product Terms website.

Project Service Automation: See Dynamics 365 Project Service Automation.

Product Use Rights: The precursor to the Product Terms.

Professional 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 Core CAL Suite. Learn about licensing the Professional Desktop here.

Project 2021: The desktop product aimed at project managers either working on their own using Standard edition, or as part of a Project Server project management solution. Learn about the licensing of Project 2021 here.

Project Server: A project management server solution that allows project managers, key stakeholders, and other team members to collaborate on a project. Learn about the licensing of Project Server SE and Project Server 2019.

PSA: Project Service Automation.

PSTN: Public Switched Telephone Network.

PSTN Calling Plan: The former name of Calling Plan.

PSTN Conferencing: The former name of Audio Conferencing.

PUR: Product Use Rights

Purchasing Accounts: Specific to the MPSA, allowing an organization to structure themselves as they want when purchasing their licenses. Learn about Purchasing Accounts with on-premises products and Online Services.

PVA: Power Virtual Agents.