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An online service, retired mid-2021, that provided presence, instant messaging (IM), voice and video, and desktop and application sharing; licensed via User SLs (Subscription Licenses).

An on-premises or online service product SKU acquired through an EA (Enterprise Agreement) Enrollment which lacks any purchase obligation beyond acquiring a quantity sufficient to cover actual use.

The term “Azure licensing” can mean many things—making discussions around Azure licensing, costs, and planning challenging.

Azure Hybrid Benefit could reduce costs for customers using SQL Server–based offerings in Azure, but tracking is required to ensure license compliance and fully exploit the benefits.

Provides Teams Phone users with domestic and international calling minutes; most often licensed via its own separate User SL.

Used to pay for telephony-related services not covered by Teams Phone, Calling Plan, or Audio Conferencing User SLs.

A hosted public exchange (PBX) service that augments Teams with traditional PBX capabilities, such as call forwarding and delegation; licensed predominantly via User SLs. Renamed Jan. 2022; see Teams Phone for in-depth entry.

Used to pay for telephony-related services not covered by Phone System, Calling Plan, or Audio Conferencing User SLs. Renamed; see Communication Credits for in-depth entry.

Azure Automanage, now generally available, configures and deploys common management tasks for Azure VMs and Azure Arc enabled servers, and it has added support for Linux systems and greater customization.

Teams Premium, an add-on for Teams that brings enhancements to meetings and webinars, is generally available, although some features will arrive later in 2023.

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