This is a glossary of acronyms used internally by Microsoft. This is not a glossary of acronyms related to products or technologies. Other glossaries cover those. Instead, these acronyms are often encountered in Microsoft blog posts or other communications with Microsoft personnel. They can refer to Microsoft groups, management positions, product stages, types of product updates, certifications, internal Microsoft programs, or Microsoft online platforms and communities.

An acronym is an abbreviated term formed from the first letter (or first few letters) of several words. Because the acronyms listed here are not industry standards, they can be difficult to research if you are not familiar with them.

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A

Acronym Description
ASG Applications and Services Group.
APEX Assessment and Planning Experience, a Microsoft sales program. See Assessment and Planning Experience.

 

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B

Acronym Description
BDM Business Decision Maker.
BG Business Group.

 

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C

Acronym Description
C+E Cloud and Enterprise team.
CDN Content Delivery Network.
COA Certificate of Authenticity. See How to Tell.
CPE Customer Partner Experience.
CPM Community Program Manager. Microsoft personnel that used to be called MVP Leads are now called Community Program Managers.
CSAT Customer SATisfaction. See Customer Satisfaction Index FAQ.
CSG Contingent Staff
CSP Cloud Solution Provider.
CSS Customer Service and Support.
CTP Community Technology Preview (or Customer Technology Preview). Often called the beta release in the software release life cycle. See Beta.
CU Cumulative Update. An update for a Microsoft product that includes any previous updates not already applied to the product.
CXP Customer EXPerience Team.

 

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D

Acronym Description
DAP Delegated Administrative Privileges. See Technical Support for Microsoft Partners.
DCR Design Change Request.
DL Distribution List. An email distribution list for people active in a particular technology.
DPC Device Partner Center. See DPC Quick Start Guide.
DTS Data Transports and Security team. A team in the Windows and Devices Group. See Announcing: New Transport Advancements in the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.
DX Developer eXperience and Evangelism.

 

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E

Acronym Description
EAP Early Adopter Program.
ECO Engineering + Community Online. Software environment that hosts the Microsoft Community (formerly known as Answers) forums. The Engineering + Community Online group is responsible for maintaining the platform as a whole, applying fixes, and responding to incidents and outages.
EMEA Europe, Middle Eeast, and Africa.
EPX Enabling Platform Experience. This is the group within Microsoft that is responsible for the forum software. The EPX Platform is the software environment that hosts the TechNet and MSDN forums. The Enabling Platform Experience group is responsible for maintaining the platform as a whole, applying fixes, and responding to incidents and outages.
ERG Employee Resource Group. Groups of Microsoft employees with something in common.

 

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F

Acronym Description
FPP Full-Package Product. See Licensing Logic: What's the difference between OEM, Retail and Volume Licenses?
FTE Full Time Equivalent. A full time Microsoft employee or contractor.

 

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G

Acronym Description
GA General Availability. Software available for purchase by the public. After the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) stage.
GPM Group Program Manager.
GTI Get To Integration.
GTP Get To Production.

 

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I

Acronym Description
ITA Microsoft IT Academy.
ITDM Information Technology Decision Maker.

 

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L

Acronym Description
LOEM Local Named Original Equipment Mufacturer. A company that produces or distributes Windows devices, products, or services within a regional geography.
LTSC Long-Term Servicing Channel. Option to receive feature updates with 5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of extended support. See What's New in Windows Server version 1709.

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M

Acronym Description
MACH Microsoft Academy College Hire. Also, variations such as Microsoft Academy of College Hires.
MAR Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher. A company that refurbishes computers with Genuine Microsoft software.
MAU Monthly Active Users.
MBS Microsoft Business Solutions.
MCAD Microsoft Certified Application Developer, a Microsoft certification.
MCC Microsoft Community Contributor. A Microsoft award to "recognize notable contributions to Microsoft online community forums such as TechNet, MSDN, O365 and Microsoft Community." See Differences Between the MVP and MCC Awards.
MCDBA Microsoft Certified DataBase Administrator, a Microsoft certification.
MCITP Microsoft Certified IT Professional, a Microsoft certification.
MCP Microsoft Certified Professional. See Microsoft Certified Professional.
MCPD Microsoft Certified Professional Developer, a Microsoft certification.
MCSA Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate, a Microsoft certification.

Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (deprecated certification)

MCSD Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer, a Microsoft certification.
MCSE Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, a Microsoft certification.

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (deprecated certification)

MCT Microsoft Certified Trainer.
MCTS Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist, a Microsoft certification.
MEA Middle East and Africa.
MNA Multi-National Account. An account that produces or distributes products or services in one or more countries or regions.
MOS Microsoft Office Specialist, a Microsoft certification.
MPN Microsoft Partner Network. See See how the Microsoft Partner program works for you.
MS MicroSoft. Often used in conjunction with other acronyms or terms, such as MSDN or MS Office.
MSA MicroSoft Account. Formerly known as a Windows Live ID or Microsoft Passport account. See Microsoft account FAQ.
MSDN MicroSoft Developer Network. See Microsoft Developer Network.
MSFT MicroSoFT
MSIDC MicroSoft India Development Center.
MVA Microsoft Virtual Academy. Free online, on-demand courses for developers, IT professionals, data scientists, and students. See Introducing Microsoft Virtual Academy.
MVP Most Valuable Professional. A Microsoft award program to recognize "exceptional, independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise, and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others". See Most Valuable Professional.
   

 

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N

NDA Non Disclosure Agreement. People external to Microsoft, such MVP's, must sign an NDA before they can engage in communications with Microsoft involving non-public information, such as product features planned for the future.

 

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O

Acronym Description
OBO On Behalf Of. See Technical Support for Microsoft Partners.
ODM Original Design Manufacturer. Partners that produce and distribute white-box devices down-channel to be branded by channel partners.
OP Original Poster. The person that started the thread in a forum. This person either asked the original question or started the discussion.
OSS Open Source Software.
OST Online Services Terms. When you subscribe to an Online Service through a Microsoft Volume Licensing program, the terms for how you can use the service are defined in the Volume Licensing Online Services Terms (OST) document and program agreement. See Product Terms.

 

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P

Acronym Description
PFE Premier Field Engineer, or Premier Field Engineering. See Premier Field Engineering (PFE).
PG Product Group. Microsoft employees responsible for a product, such as SQL Server or BizTalk.
PGI Product Group Interaction. An event for invited guests to participate in an online discussion with members of a Microsoft product group, such as Active Directory or SharePoint.
PII Personally Identifiable Information. PII consists of any data that can be traced back to a unique individual, or could be used to compromise an individual or organization. Examples include email addresses, phone numbers, or credit card numbers. This also includes network configuration information, like domain names or IP addresses.
PM Program Manager. See What Does a Microsoft Program Manager Really Do? – Demystifying the PM Role.
PoC Proof of Concept.
PP Public Preview.

  

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R

Acronym Description
RC Release Candidate. A beta version of software that is ready to be released as the final product (if there are no unexpected problems). The next stage would be Release to Manufacturing (RTM). See Software release life cycle.
RD Regional Director. See Who are the Microsoft Regional Directors?.
RTM Release To Manufacturing. Software ready to be delivered. RTM is followed by General Availability (GA). See Software release life cycle.

 

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S

Acronym Description
SAC Semi-Anual Channel. A Software Assurance benefit. Option to receive 18 months mainstream production support and a new version every six months. See What's New in Windows Server version 1709.
SDE Software Design Engineer.
SIUF System Initiated User Feedback. Feedback through surveys.
SMB Small and Midsize Businesses. Also Small and Medium Businesses. A customer classification.
SME Subject Matter Expert

Small to Medium-sized Enterprise

SP Service Pack. See Service pack.
SPLA Services Provider License Agreement. See Licensing options for service providers.
SPUR Services Provider Use Rights. Provides details on how products acquired through the Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) may be used. See Product Terms.
SUVP Security Update Validation Program. See A little bit about the Security Update Validation Program.

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T

Acronym Description
TAM Technical Account Manager.
TBH To Be Hired.
TDM Technical Decision Maker.
TFS Team Foundation Server.
TechNet Technical Network. A web portal for IT professionals. See Microsoft TechNet.
TNWiki TechNet Wiki. A library of information about Microsoft technologies inspired by Wikipedia, written by the community for the community. See Wiki: About TechNet Wiki.
TPI Third-Party Integrator. A partner that is approved by Microsoft and has been hired or authorized by a company to integrate a software application that they own into Microsoft software.

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U

UIF User Initiated Feedback. Feedback you enter on your own, for example through the Windows Feedback App.

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W

Acronym Description
WDG

Windows and Devices Group.

WSSMB Windows Server for Small and Medium Business. A classification of MVP's.

 

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See Also

 

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