Licensing for Microsoft Syntex

Microsoft Syntex uses pay-as-you-go licensing for new and renewing customers. With pay-as-you-go, you can use Syntex without any license commitment or upfront purchasing. Any user in your organization can use Syntex services and only pay if and when services are used.

Pay-as-you-go requires an Azure subscription. Pay-as-you-go services are billed based on the type and number of transactions. For information about how to set up pay-as-you-go, see Configure Microsoft Syntex for pay-as-you-go billing.

Before you configure pay-as-you-go, read the Microsoft Syntex pay-as-you-go terms of service.

The features available for each license type are described in this article.


Microsoft Syntex is an add-on and requires users also to have a license for Microsoft 365.


For Government Community Cloud (GCC) organizations, pay-as-you-go licensing is not yet available. GCC organizations can continue to purchase and use per-user licenses until pay-as-you-go becomes available.

Microsoft Syntex pay-as-you-go

Pay-as-you-go currently supports the following Syntex services:

  • Prebuilt document processing
  • Structured and freeform document processing
  • Unstructured document processing
  • Content assembly
  • Image tagging
  • Taxonomy tagging
  • Translation
  • Syntex eSignature
  • Optical character recognition
  • Microsoft 365 Archive
  • Microsoft 365 Backup (Preview)

More Syntex services will be added as they become available.

Feature limited preview

Pay-as-you-go licensing includes access to additional Syntex features for a limited time as a preview. You won't be charged on a pay-as-you-go basis during the preview. These features include:

  • Content query
  • Universal annotations
  • Contracts management accelerator
  • Accounts payable accelerator
  • Taxonomy features (including import using SKOS, SKOS formatting reference, push content type to hub, and term store reports)
  • PDF merge and extract pages
  • Content processing: Move or copy a file, set a content type from file name

For more information, see Microsoft Syntex features limited time license agreement.

If you still have active per-user licenses

As of July 1, 2023, per-user licenses are no longer available for purchase. Per-user licenses purchased before July 1 can still be assigned to new users. After existing per-user licenses expire, you'll need to opt in to Syntex pay-as-you-go billing to continue using Syntex services.

Users with active per-user licenses can perform the following tasks:

  • Apply an unstructured document processing model to a library. (Unlicensed users can be granted access to a content center and can create models there, but can't apply them to a document library.)
  • Create a prebuilt, structured, or freeform document processing model via the entry point in a library.
  • Upload content to a library where a custom model has been applied.
  • Run an unstructured document processing model on-demand.
  • Create a modern template with content assembly.
  • Generate a document from a modern template.
  • Use of content query to search for metadata.
  • Use of annotations to add notes and comments.
  • Use of premium taxonomy services. (Premium taxonomy services comprise SKOS-based term set import, pushing enterprise content types to hub-associated sites, and term store reports.)
  • Use the document library rules to move or copy content.
  • Merge and extract PDFs

If you plan to use a custom Power Platform environment for structured or freeform document processing, see Using a custom Power Platform environment.