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Microsoft Licensing - FAQ Blog Feed!

Microsoft Licensing - FAQ Blog Feed!

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Microsoft Licensing is complex.  I think most people accept that!

Since September, the licensing and response management teams have been working together to publish the answers to your top licensing queries. Every month, these FAQs are put together based on calls and emails to our customer service team, so we know they will address topical questions and help you to understand Microsoft licensing.  Think about it, if you have a question, chances are someone else has that very same question too, and they may have even asked it on this site already!.

We have recently re-designed the FAQ pages to deliver a significantly improved user experience. And we’ve also introduced an RSS feed that you can sign up to so you know when the content is updated. You can now see the “hot FAQs” at a glance and browse the rest by product or agreement type.

There are 2 separate websites; one for licensing queries where there are less than 250 PCs, and one for where there are more than 250 PCs!  I guess if you have bang on 250, you'd go to the first one :-)

If you can’t find an answer to your licensing query here, please call our helpline on 0870 60 10 100 and select the business option, then option 3 for licensing. Alternatively, email - someone will respond to your email within 48 hours!

  • I found this video on YouTube seems to be useful too.

  • Hi..!

    I have a couple of questions about CORE Cals and SharePoint CALs... actually our business parter included on the proposal to renew our license contract including the following products:

    450 CORE CALs (for new equiptments)

    800 SharePoint CALS (Additionals)

    My issue is, if the CORE CALs include access for SharePoint, that should be discounted from SharePoint Cals??

    Thanks for the help.

  • Hi Mauricio,

    The Core CAL Suite includes SharePoint Standard CALs ( whereas you may have been quoted for the Enterprise CALs (  You can get the Enterprise CALs for SharePoint in 2 ways.  Either you buy them individually, as it seems you have been quoted, or, instead of going for Core CAL, you go for the Enterprise CAL suite, which gives you loads of technologies.  (

    Hope that helps!


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