The term affiliate describes related legal entitles that Microsoft will allow to bind together as a single customer and enter into a common EA (Enterprise Agreement) or MPSA (Microsoft Products and Services Agreement) contract with the company. For private sector customers, examples of affiliates are a corporate parent and its subsidiaries, and for public sector, the governmental agencies and departments within a given state or province. The main benefits of affiliates banding together is better pricing and increased negotiation leverage.

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