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Definitions

Terms used here but not defined in the Glossary will have the definitions provided in Customer’s licensing agreement.

Data Processing and Security

The parties agree that these terms govern Customer’s use of the Online Services and that the DPA (defined in the Glossary) sets forth their obligations with respect to the processing and security of Customer Data and Personal Data by the Online Services. The parties also agree that, unless a separate Professional Services agreement exists, these terms govern the provision of Professional Services, including but not limited to the terms in the Professional Services section and terms in the DPA for the processing and security of Professional Services Data and Personal Data in connection with that provision. Separate terms, including different privacy and security terms, govern Customer’s use of Non-Microsoft Products (as defined below). In the event of any conflict or inconsistency between the DPA and any other terms in Customer’s licensing agreement (including these terms), the DPA shall prevail.

Service Level Agreements

Many Online Services offer a Service Level Agreement (SLA). For more information regarding the Online Services SLAs, please refer to https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/product-licensing/products.

Applicable Online Services Terms and Updates

When Customer renews or purchases a new subscription to an Online Service, the then-current terms will apply and will not change during Customer’s subscription for that Online Service. When Microsoft introduces features, supplements or related software that are new (i.e., that were not previously included with the subscription), Microsoft may provide terms or make updates to the terms that apply to Customer’s use of those new features, supplements or related software.

Electronic Notices

Microsoft may provide Customer with information and notices about Online Services electronically, including via email, through the portal for the Online Service, or through a web site that Microsoft identifies. Notice is given as of the date it is made available by Microsoft.

Licensing the Online Services

Customer must acquire and assign the appropriate subscription licenses required for its use of each Online Service. Each user that accesses the Online Service must be assigned a User SL or access the Online Service only through a device that has been assigned a Device SL, unless specified otherwise in the Online Service-specific Terms. Subscription License Suites describes SL Suites that also fulfill requirements for User SLs. Customer has no right to use an Online Service after the SL for that Online Service ends.

License Reassignment

Most, but not all, SLs may be reassigned. Except as permitted in this paragraph or in the Online Service-specific Terms, Customer may not reassign an SL on a short-term basis (i.e., within 90 days of the last assignment). Customer may reassign an SL on a short-term basis to cover a user’s absence or the unavailability of a device that is out of service. Reassignment of an SL for any other purpose must be for the remaining term of that License. When Customer reassigns an SL from one device or user to another, Customer must block access and remove any related software from the former device or from the former user’s device.

Multiplexing

Hardware or software that a Customer uses to:

  • pool connections or reduce the number of OSE’s, devices, or users a Product directly manages;
  • reduce the number of devices or users that directly or indirectly access or use a Product;
  • or access data a Product itself processes or generates;

does not reduce the number of Licenses of any type that Customer needs.

Online Services Step-up Availability and License Assignment

Some licensing programs allow customers to step-up an existing online service to a higher edition any time during the agreement and enrollment (if any) term. Such higher edition licenses may be acquired using Step-up SKUs with the following requirements:

  • A higher edition license acquired using a Step-up SKU can only be assigned to a licensed user of a qualifying base license of the same online service or a suite license that includes the same qualifying base online service,
  • Once the higher edition license is acquired, customers may not separate it from the qualifying base online service license,
  • Step up SKUs must be purchased under the same licensing agreement and enrollment (if any), under which the qualifying base online service User SL was acquired.

Using the Online Services


Customer may use the Online Services and related software as expressly permitted in Customer’s licensing agreement. Microsoft reserves all other rights.

Acceptable Use Policy

Neither Customer, nor those that access an Online Service through Customer, may use an Online Service:

  • in a way prohibited by law, regulation, governmental order or decree;
  • to violate the rights of others;
  • to try to gain unauthorized access to or disrupt any service, device, data, account or network;
  • to spam or distribute malware;
  • in a way that could harm the Online Service or impair anyone else’s use of it;
  • in any application or situation where failure of the Online Service could lead to the death or serious bodily injury of any person, or to severe physical or environmental damage, except in accordance with the High-Risk Use section below; or
  • to assist of encourage anyone to do any of the above.

Violation of the Acceptable Use Policy in this section may result in suspension of the Online Service. If Microsoft suspends the Online Service, Microsoft will suspend only to the extent reasonably necessary. Unless Microsoft believes an immediate suspension is required, Microsoft will provide reasonable notice before suspending an Online Service for the reasons stated above.

High-Risk Use

WARNING:   Modern technologies, and especially platform technologies, may be used in new and innovative ways, and Customer must consider whether its specific use of these technologies is safe. The Online Services are not designed or intended to support any use in which a service interruption, defect, error, or other failure of an Online Service could result in the death or serious bodily injury of any person or in physical or environmental damage (collectively, “High-Risk Use”). Accordingly, Customer must design and implement every application such that, in the event of any interruption, defect, error, or other failure of the Online Service, the safety of people, property, and the environment are not reduced below a level that is reasonable, appropriate, and legal, whether in general or for a specific industry. Customer’s High-Risk Use of the Online Services is at its own risk. Customer agrees to defend, indemnify and hold Microsoft harmless from and against all damages, costs and attorneys' fees in connection with any claims arising from a High-Risk Use associated with the Online Services, including any claims based in strict liability or that Microsoft was negligent in designing or providing the Online Service(s) to Customer. The foregoing indemnification obligation is in addition to any defense obligation set forth in Customer’s licensing agreement and is not subject to any limitation of, or exclusion from, liability contained in such agreements.

Medical Device Disclaimer

Customer acknowledges that the Online Services (1) are not designed, intended or made available as a medical device(s), and (2) are not designed or intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or judgment and should not be used to replace or as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or judgment. Customer is solely responsible for displaying and/or obtaining appropriate consents, warnings, disclaimers, and acknowledgements to end users of Customer’s implementation of the Online Services.

Data Protection and Security

The terms of the DPA (http://aka.ms/DPA) apply to Online Services except for Online Services listed in the Privacy & Security Terms. For Core Online Services, Online Service-specific details on security practices and location of Customer Data at rest are also located in the Privacy & Security Terms.

Use of Software with the Online Service

Customer may need to install certain Microsoft software to use the Online Service. If so, the following terms apply:

Microsoft Software License Terms

Customer may install and use the software only for use with the Online Service. The Online Service-specific Terms may limit the number of copies of the software Customer may use or the number of devices on which Customer may use it. Customer’s right to use the software begins when the Online Service is activated and ends when Customer’s right to use the Online Service ends. Customer must uninstall the software when Customer’s right to use it ends. Microsoft may disable it at that time.

Validation, Automatic Updates, and Collection for Software

Microsoft may automatically check the version of any of its software. Devices on which the software is installed may periodically provide information to enable Microsoft to verify that the software is properly licensed. This information includes the software version, the end user’s user account, product ID information, a machine ID, and the internet protocol address of the device. If the software is not properly licensed, its functionality will be affected. Customer may only obtain updates or upgrades for the software from Microsoft or authorized sources. By using the software, Customer consents to the transmission of the information described in this section. Microsoft may recommend or download to Customer’s devices updates or supplements to this software, with or without notice. Some Online Services may require, or may be enhanced by, the installation of local software (e.g., agents, device management applications) (“Apps”). The Apps may collect diagnostic data (as defined in the Product Documentation) about the use and performance of the Apps, which may be transmitted to Microsoft, to the extent any Personal Data is contained therein, and used for the purposes described in the DPA.

Third-party Software Components

The software may contain third party software components. Unless otherwise disclosed in that software, Microsoft, not the third party, licenses these components to Customer under Microsoft’s license terms and notices.
 

Technical Limitations

Customer must comply with, and may not work around, any technical limitations in an Online Service that only allow Customer to use it in certain ways. Customer may not download or otherwise remove copies of software or source code from an Online Service except as explicitly authorized.

Import/Export Services

Customer’s use of any Import/Export Service is conditioned upon its compliance with all instructions provided by Microsoft regarding the preparation, treatment and shipment of physical media containing its data (“storage media”). Customer is solely responsible for ensuring the storage media and data are provided in compliance with all laws and regulations. Microsoft has no duty with respect to the storage media and no liability for lost, damaged or destroyed storage media. All storage media shipped to Microsoft must be shipped DAP Microsoft DCS Data Center (INCOTERMS 2010). Storage media shipped to Customer will be shipped DAP Customer Dock (INCOTERMS 2010).

Font Components

While Customer uses an Online Service, Customer may use the fonts installed by that Online Service to display and print content. Customer may only embed fonts in content as permitted by the embedding restrictions in the fonts and temporarily download them to a printer or other output device to print content.

Changes to and Availability of the Online Services

Microsoft may make commercially reasonable changes to each Online Service from time to time. Microsoft may modify or terminate an Online Service in any country where Microsoft is subject to a government regulation, obligation or other requirement that (1) is not generally applicable to businesses operating there, (2) presents a hardship for Microsoft to continue operating the Online Service without modification, and/or (3) causes Microsoft to believe these terms or the Online Service may conflict with any such requirement or obligation. If Microsoft terminates an Online Service for regulatory reasons, Customers will receive a credit for any amount paid in advance for the period after termination. 

Availability, functionality, and language versions for each Online Service may vary by country. For information on availability, Customer may refer to https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=870295.
 

Dataverse  

Dataverse structures a variety of data and business logic to support interconnected applications and processes. Dataverse Instances provided with Microsoft 365 licenses includes various features and integrates data that may or may not be available for the product or service Customer is licensed with. Access to Dataverse, through an individual product or service, does not grant access to unrelated products, services, features, or data that users are not licensed for. Users only have rights to access data, services, and features within Dataverse for which they are properly licensed for.

Other

Non-Microsoft Products

Microsoft may make Non-Microsoft Products available to Customer through Customer’s use of the Online Services (such as through a store or gallery, or as search results) or a Microsoft online store (such as the Microsoft Store for Business or Microsoft Store for Education). If Customer installs or uses any Non-Microsoft Product with an Online Service, Customer may not do so in any way that would subject Microsoft’s intellectual property or technology to obligations beyond those expressly included in Customer’s licensing agreement. For Customer’s convenience, Microsoft may include charges for certain Non-Microsoft Product as part of Customer’s bill for Online Services. Microsoft, however, assumes no responsibility or liability whatsoever for any Non-Microsoft Product. Customer is solely responsible for any Non-Microsoft Product that it installs or uses with an Online Service or acquires or manages through a Microsoft online store. Customer’s use of any Non-Microsoft Product shall be governed by the license, service, and/or privacy terms between Customer and the publisher of the Non-Microsoft Product (if any).

Previews

PREVIEWS ARE PROVIDED "AS-IS," "WITH ALL FAULTS," AND "AS AVAILABLE," as described herein. Unless otherwise noted in a separate agreement, Previews are not included in the SLA for the corresponding Online Service, and may not be covered by customer support. We may change or discontinue Previews at any time without notice. We may also choose not to make a Preview service generally commercially available.

Providing “Feedback” (suggestions, comments, feedback, ideas, or know-how, in any form) to Microsoft about Preview services is voluntary.  Microsoft is under no obligation to post or use any Feedback. By providing Feedback to Microsoft, Customer (and anyone providing Feedback through Customer) irrevocably and perpetually grant to Microsoft and its Affiliates, under all of its (and their) owned or controlled intellectual property rights, a worldwide, non-exclusive, fully paid-up, royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable right and license to make, use, reproduce, prepare derivative works based upon, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, transmit, and otherwise commercialize the Feedback (including by combining or interfacing products, services or technologies that depend on or incorporate Feedback with other products, services or technologies of Microsoft or others),  without attribution  in any way and for any purpose.

Customer warrants that 1) it will not provide Feedback that is subject to a license requiring Microsoft to license anything to third parties because Microsoft exercises any of the above rights in Customer’s Feedback; and 2) it owns or otherwise controls all of the rights to such Feedback and that no such Feedback is subject to any third-party rights (including any personality or publicity rights).

Azure Active Directory, Free Edition

As described in https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/fundamentals/active-directory-whatis, most Online Services include an instance of Azure Active Directory, a cloud-based user authentication capability (“Azure AD Free”). After Customer configures and uses the first such Online Service, that instance of Azure AD Free, as configured by Customer for its users, may power the user authentication features for each later-acquired subscription of an Online Service. 

Customer’s instance of Azure AD Free will also enable authenticated users to interact with Microsoft or a third party in contexts outside of the Online Services (“Other AD-dependent Services”), specifically where Microsoft or that third party requires an Azure Active Directory user account. With respect to the operation of Azure AD Free for Other AD-dependent Services, Microsoft remains a data processor, and this use of Azure AD Free constitutes Customer’s authoritative instruction to Microsoft that such use is permitted. With respect to the operation of the Other AD-dependent Service, refer to its applicable agreement and privacy policy to determine the role of the provider of the Other AD-dependent Service.

Competitive Benchmarking

If Customer offers a service competitive to an Online Service, by using the Online Service, Customer agrees to waive any restrictions on competitive use and benchmark testing in the terms governing its competitive service. If Customer does not intend to waive such restrictions in its terms of use, Customer is not allowed to use the Online Service.

Government Customers

If Customer is a government entity, then the following terms apply to any Online Service provided at no charge to Customer:

  1. Microsoft waives any and all entitlement to compensation from Customer for the Online Service.
  2. In compliance with applicable laws and regulations, Microsoft and Customer acknowledge that the Online Services are for the sole benefit and use of Customer and not provided for the personal use or benefit of any individual government employee.

German Online Services

Use of the German Online Services is further subject to the offer-specific terms available at https://aka.ms/MCAGermanSupplement.

Waiver of end-user consumer protection provisions

Customer agrees to waive any and all entitlements that would otherwise be applicable under the European Electronic Communications Code (Directive 2018/1972) Article 102 paragraphs 1, 3, and 5; Article 105 paragraph 1; and Article 107 paragraphs 1 and 3.

Online Services Regional Availability

Visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/business/international-availability for a list of countries and regions in which the Online Services are available.

Online Services Purchasing Rules

The following purchasing rules apply to purchasing Online Services:

  • Subscription terms vary by purchasing program. Under the Enterprise Agreement program, the subscription terms for Online Services other than Microsoft Azure must be coterminous, ending on the date of Customer’s Enrollment end date.
  • If Customer makes additional purchases of an Online Service, the end of the subscription term of the additional purchase must align with Customer’s existing subscription term for the same Online Service. This provision does not apply to Azure Reservations.
  • Customer may not reduce the number of users or devices covered by its Online Services subscription during the term of their Online Services subscription except as permitted in Customer’s licensing agreement.
  • Add-on and Step-up User SLs must be purchased under the same licensing agreement as their Qualifying License or base User SL. Add-ons expire upon the earlier of the expiration of the SA coverage for the Qualifying License or the Add-on User SL. Step-ups expire upon the earlier of the expiration of the Step-up User SL or base User SL.
  • User SLs are priced monthly.

Online Services Renewal

Online Services with Auto-Renewal will automatically renew the day after their subscription term expires, unless Customer chooses not to renew by opting out of auto-renewal at least of 30 days before the subscription expires by placing an order with their reseller or using a form that is available at http://microsoft.com/licensing/contracts. Online services subscriptions for government and academic customers will not be automatically renewed unless Customer chooses the auto-renewal option.