A SKU (stock keeping unit) uniquely identifies a specific type of license for a Microsoft product. When a customer places an order, they purchase a specific SKU, and among the places where SKU designations appear are Microsoft contract proposals and customer price sheets.

Associated with each Microsoft SKU is an alphanumeric SKU name, sometimes called an item name or product description, consisting of as many as a few dozen characters (usually a somewhat complex concatenation of acronyms), and a short SKU number (sometimes called a part number).

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