User Guide

Table of Contents

  1. About m365maps.com
  2. Home page
  3. View diagram
  4. Saved diagrams
  5. Feature matrix
  6. Settings
  7. Browser compatibility
  8. Contact
  9. Privacy policy
  10. References

About m365maps.com

m365maps.com is my personal collection of Microsoft 365 Licensing Diagrams and reference material, regularly updated as product names, feature inclusions, and license types change.

Each diagram illustrates the key features and overlap between different license types. The diagrams load in your browser and you can click on the feature tiles to navigate to official online documentation. There are many more features to explore, described within this user guide.

You will also find the PDF, PNG, and SVG versions of the diagrams along with the Visio source files on GitHub or the Downloads page on this site. PDF, PNG, and SVG versions are also downloadable from their diagram view pages on this site.

I work for Microsoft Australia and I create these diagrams in my free time, so it goes without saying that this is not official Microsoft material. The site contains visual representations of the product licensing that I've derived from Microsoft's online and partner-facing resources. This site does not represent Microsoft, and no warranty is given or implied. You should always work with your Microsoft account team or authorised reseller before making a purchasing decision.

I try to carefully balanced the level of detail to ensure all the important features and license types are accounted for, but not every feature is present in these diagrams. There are just too many to include! So my offer to you is that if you see something missing and believe it should be there please contact me and I will do my best to build it in to a later release.

There are feedback and bug report forms in the contact section below. All feedback is greatly appreciated!

Feel free to connect with me on Twitter or LinkedIn if you'd like to follow update announcements or discuss the project or Microsoft 365 licensing with me.

I first started publishing these diagams on Twitter for free back in 2017. All along the way people have asked about how they could pay me back for the work I’ve done on them. I’ve put countless hours of my own time into maintaining and developing this collection and I know many professionals get daily use from these diagrams in their work. I use them myself every day too. In response to that regular request I’ve set up a page on PayPal where you can donate any amount you wish, if you feel that way inclined. If I can cover my domain registration and associated costs then I'll be really pleased! So if you’ve found these diagrams useful and you’d like to give something back then you are welcome to make a donation, but please understand that you’re not paying me for future work. I can’t promise I’ll always be able to keep these up to date, but I will for as long as I can. And I've made it open source on GitHub in the meantime!

Cheers,

Aaron.

Home page

The home page is the first page you reach when you navigate to m365maps.com.

When the site loads for the first time, and after each update to GitHub, it reaches out and caches all the core web site components and the full collection of diagrams (SVG format). This happens as a background task in your browser so you don't have to wait. Within a matter of seconds you can go offline and still have full access to every page and every diaram. It only does this once until the next time either the web site files or the diagrams are updated. If the web site gets an update but the diagrams don't change then only the web site files are downloaded agian, and vice-versa.

This all means that day-to-day there is very little traffic generated by the site and it remains fast to access and navigate. The entire offline cache to run the March 2021 release of web site (including diagrams) uses only 2.5 megabytes of storage. So the site is not only fast, but also very friendly to low bandwidth devices and networks as the compressed data sent over the internet is a fraction of that size.

Home page screenshot Home page screenshot
Home page lower screenshot Home page lower screenshot

View diagram - Page features

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View diagram - Menu features

View menu screenshot

The collapsable menu in the upper-right corner of the view diagram page gives you quick access to a number of navigation options and other features depending on your device and the viewing mode you are in.

The standard menu arrangement, as pictured, appears when you first navigate to a diagram from the Home page. It is possible to set the menu to be automatically collapsed or open by default, this is detailed in the Settings portion of this guide.

Depending on your device and viewing mode the following actions may be available within the menu:

Icon Description
Open / Close
In all modes it is possible to expand or collapse the menu by clicking on the chevron at the start (left-most) of the menu.
Home
All modes include the home link which returns you to the Home page.
Unflagged / Flagged
These icons indicate whether the diagram is flagged or not and can be clicked to toggle the flag on the current diagram.
Print
On devices that support printing this icon will be present and clicking it will launch the print dialog. The menu and offline/online indicators will be hidden in print outs, leaving only the diagram to print.
Edit (off) / Edit (on)
These icons toggle the page in and out of edit mode. Edit mode allows you to click on any tile within a diagram to highlight that tile with one of three configurable highlighting colours. There is more information on Edit mode later in this guide.
Save
When edit mode is on this save icon will be present. Clicking Save will store your changes as a custom diagram copy which can be retrieved later from the Saved diagrams page. Saved diagrams can be further edited or exported.
Controls
Opens and closes the image controls panel which allows for adjustments to the diagram brightness, contrast, hue, and saturation. There is more information on Image controls later in this guide.
Download
When viewing a diagram outside of edit mode the PDF and PNG download links will be available. These links will download to your device the latest version of the diagram in either the PDF or PNG format directly from GitHub. Downloading is only available when you have an active internet connection.
Export
When working in edit mode SVG and PNG export links will be available (varies by browser compatibility). These links export the version of the diagram you are working on, with your changes included, and download it to your device. The PNG export includes your current theme background colour. Exporting can be performed while offline.

View diagram - Edit mode

Edit mode menu screenshot

Edit mode is designed to help you build custom visualisations to communicate licensing details and opportunities to your colleagues or customers, or just for your own reference.

With edit mode enabled your mouse clicks within the diagram will no longer open the tile links but instead will toggle highlighting elements within the page. Your first click will apply the highlight colour, click again on the same tile and it will cycle the highlight off. Press Shift + Click and your first alternate colour will be applied. Press Control + Click and your second alternate colour will be applied. You can customise your highlight colours in the Settings page.

Diagram highlighting screenshot Diagram highlighting screenshot

Your edits can be stored by clicking the save icon Save and then providing a name for your diagram. Diagrams you've edited are stored and accessible from the Saved diagrams page.

View diagram - Image controls

Image controls screenshot Image controls screenshot

The image controls menu allows you to control the brightness, contrast, hue, and saturation of the diagram you are viewing.

The Reset button (Reset button icon) reverts all image controls to their default values.

The Save button (Save button icon) commits the current image control levels to memory and uses them on all diagrams from that point on.

Tip: If you've saved a set of image controls and would no longer like them to apply, click Reset and then Save.

Feature matrix

Feature matrix screenshot Feature matrix screenshot

The feature matrix page lists all the features from the license diagrams in a table layout, allowing you to compare a combination of license types side-by-side.

Select license types to compare with the checkboxes at the top of the page and filter the feature list by typing into the search box.

When selecting license types using the checkboxes the feature list automatically filters to show only the features relevant to your selection.

When searching for features using the search box, all features that match your text will be shown even if they are not part of any of your selected license types.

Tip: The page address is updated with each change of license type checkbox selection, allowing you to bookmark the selection in your browser.

Tip: An Excel version of the Feature Matrix is available on the Downloads page.

Saved diagrams

Saved diagrams screenshot Saved diagrams screenshot

The Saved diagrams page provides a list of all the diagrams that you have saved from the View diagram page, sorted in the order you saved them.

Clicking on the saved diagram name will take you to the View diagram page. From there you can review your edits, make new edits (including removing existing hightlights), and save over or create a new copy of the diagram.

A number of actions are available against each saved diagram from this page as follows:

Icon Description
Rename
Clicking this icon allows you to rename a saved diagram. When clicked a dialog will appear prompting you for a new name.
Delete
Clicking this icon will delete the saved diagram.
Export
These links export your saved diagrams to SVG or PNG files for download to your device (availability varies by browser compatibility). The PNG export includes your current theme background colour. Exporting can be performed while offline.

Tip: PDF exporting is not available on m365maps.com but many devices now support "Print to PDF". The menu and offline/online indicators will be hidden in print outs, printing only the diagram.

There are three buttons at the bottom of the saved diagrams page:

Tip: Saved diagrams are stored by your browser and can be easily lost, so it's a good idea to export important diagrams every once in a while. That way you can import them back in if you need to.

This page has a Home page link in the top-right corner.

The menu actions available when viewing a saved diagram are slightly reduced from the normal view diagram experience. Diagram flagging is not available for saved diagrams.

Settings

Settings page screenshot Settings page screenshot

The settings page allows you to customise some of the web site features to your preference.

Setting Description
Highlights Highlights
Customise your highlight colours for use in edit mode on the View diagram page. A standard Left-Click will use the first colour, Shift + Click uses the second colour, and Control + Click will use the third colour from this setting. Default colours are pictured in the screenshot above.
Menu Menu
This setting controls the default position of the menu on the View diagram page. The options are "Open" (default) or "Closed".
Theme Theme
Set the site theme from here. Options include "Light" (default), "Dark", and "System". The "System" setting will dynamically change the site theme based on the browser or operating system theme settings on your device. All pages and diagrams inherit the theme throughout m365maps.com.
Zoom Zoom
Configure the default image zoom level for the View diagram page here. The options are: Clicking the middle mouse buton or scroll wheel on the View diagram page will reset the diagram zoom to whatever setting you have defined here.

There are three buttons at the bottom of the settings page:

This page has a Home page link in the top-right corner.

Browser compatibility

m365maps.com targets the same mainstream web browsers that Microsoft 365 supports: Edge, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.

Older versions of Internet Explorer, out of date builds of mainstream browsers, and any other niche browsers are not targetted for compatibilty or tested. Your experience may vary.

There is presently 'best-efforts' support for Internet Explorer 11. Though I will remove the additional code required to support it after Microsoft 365 stops supporting it in August, 2021 because it creates a lot of work keeping the site working in this browser.

If you have a particular device or browser scenario you'd like me to try to support then please contact me to discuss.

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Privacy policy

m365maps.com does not request, collect, store, process, or manage any personal information.

References

The information contained within the diagrams on this site is sourced from a variety of references. If you'd like to see where this information comes from I've listed those sources below. Whilst a lot of the modern licensing resources are very good at a high level, it's often the case that some of the finer detail is in the deeper, longer form documentation. I try to capture some of that detail in my diagrams when I think it's particularly relevant.

Public

This material is publicly accessible on the internet without the need to sign in.

Partner

This material is accessible by Microsoft partners and Microsoft staff after signing in.

Microsoft

This material is accessible only to Microsoft staff after signing in. I won't provide links for these resoruces, just names, so if you're a Microsoft staff member you'll be able to track them down.

m365maps.com by Aaron Dinnage is licensed under CC BY 4.0CCBY