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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 licences for the different products are diverse, often complicated, and can differ dependent on how the licences are purchased. The licensing information for all of these different products and agreements is spread across many documents and websites, and this makes it really difficult to learn the rules or even find them when you need them.

All this is why we’ve created our Microsoft Licensing Body of Knowledge – to gather together licensing information across all of the products across all of the ways to buy them. You can use this Body of Knowledge to teach yourself about the licensing of the products, or use it as a reference to look something up or to answer a question that crops up. We’ve chosen the content carefully – we wanted to make it as complete as possible without making it overwhelming by including every single licensing detail about every single product. Overall, it’s about 90% of the full set of licensing information, and we think that’s probably the right amount for the vast majority of people.

So, is the Microsoft Licensing Body of Knowledge for you? If you’re responsible for licensing in a customer organisation, then yes. If you work for a partner organisation selling licences, again yes. You’ll find it useful if you’re a Software Asset Management specialist, or a technical expert making an all-up recommendation including licences and a technical specification. There are also many internal roles at Microsoft where having a good knowledge of Microsoft licensing is an asset, and this book is great for those people too.

It’s our intention to issue the Microsoft Licensing Body of Knowledge every year so that you’ve always got a complete and up-to-date reference. The first edition is available now. Email if you’ve got questions, or if you want to be the first to know when our 2022 pre-order offers are available.

Click here to see the table of contents.