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.

 

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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.
CPE Customer Partner Experience.
CPM Community Program Manager. Microsoft personnel that used to be called MVP Leads are now called Community Program Managers.
CSG Contingent Staff
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.

 

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D

Acronym Description
DL Distribution List. An email distribution list for people active in a particular technology.
DX Developer eXperience and Evangelism.
   

 

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E

Acronym Description
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.
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.

 

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F

Acronym Description
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.

 

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I

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

 

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M

Acronym Description
MACH Microsoft Academy College Hire. Also, variations such as Microsoft Academy of College Hires.
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 certfication)

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.
MOS Microsoft Office Specialist, a Microsoft certification.
MS MicroSoft. Often used in conjuction 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
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.
   

 

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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 reposonsible 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.
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
SDE Software Design Engineer.
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.

  

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T

Acronym Description
TAM Technical Account Manager.
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.
   

 

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V

 

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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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