Microsoft 365 is a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering. SaaS is a cloud computing model in which a provider delivers software applications to customers over the internet. Microsoft 365 is a subscription-based service that includes a suite of productivity applications, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as cloud services like OneDrive and SharePoint. Users can access these applications and services via a web browser or by installing them on their local devices. The software and services are maintained and updated by Microsoft, with users typically paying a monthly or yearly subscription fee for access. A Microsoft license limits to 5 devices. Microsoft 365 Deactivating Device is required procedure when a device is lost or just it’s not using the services.

Microsoft 365 Deactivating Device, step by step

Login to Microsoft Admin Center

if you are in a enterprise environment you have to login with admin rights.

Then from the left pane go to users –> Active Users and click on the preferred user

Deactivating device from office license

On the next page, click on the VIEW OFFICE ACTIVATIONS


Deactivating device from office license


Find the device you want to remove and click on the X icon with the hint work “Deactivate”

Deactivating device from office license

Last step is just to confirm deactivation


Deactivating device from office license

Some useful Notes

Enterprise windows administrators can apply different Microsoft licenses to a user’s profile to save money and reduce cost. One common scenario is to use a Microsoft license with  Office Desktops applications (1)  to 5 devices and for Exchange and OneDrive apply the Microsoft 365 Business Basic

For Example, the yearly saving of a scenario applied to 5 users  having 1 Microsoft 365 Apps for business and 5  Microsoft 365 Business Basic instead of using Microsoft 365 Business Standard will be 178.80 US Dollars.

(1) Microsoft license with  Office Desktops applications

– Apps for business

– Business Standard

– Business Premium

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