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Does Microsoft 365 "From SA" supersede qualifying licences?

A follower of my LinkedIn page asked the following Microsoft licensing question:

"A customer had 672 Office Professional Plus licenses with active Software Assurance until September last year. Then they bought 608 M365 E3 FromSA subscriptions in October.

"1. Do they retain all 672 perpetual licenses along with the 608 M365 E3 from SA subscriptions?

"2. Do they only retain 64 out of 672 perpetual licenses, and the rest are superseded by 608 M365 E3 From SA subscriptions?"

My answer: They retain full rights to use all of the 672 perpetual licenses. "From SA" subscriptions do not supersede their qualifying perpetual licenses.

Note: Since SA on those perpetual licences has expired, Software Assurance benefits and rights granted through SA have also passed. The client only retained the rights of the perpetual license.

Disclaimer: This is an informed expert opinion. Always clarify terms in writing with an official representative of Microsoft.

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