Frequently asked questions

What is Microsoft Learn?

Microsoft Learn is a free, online training platform that provides interactive learning for Microsoft products and more. Our goal is to help you become proficient on our technologies and learn more skills with fun, guided, hands-on, interactive content that's specific to your role and goals. Learn more in this video.

How much does it cost?

Microsoft Learn is a completely free, open training platform available to anyone who has an interest to learn about Microsoft products.

What content is available on Microsoft Learn?

We provide role-based training and learning paths for Azure developers, solution architects, and administrators. We also provide role-based training and learning paths for Microsoft Power BI, PowerApps, Dynamics365, Microsoft365, Office and Visual Studio.

We're working to expand the platform to many other Microsoft products and services.

Do I need to create a profile to use Microsoft Learn?

No, profile creation is not required. Without a profile you can still access and consume all learning content.

Which features become available to me when I sign-in?

  • Track progress on learning activities
  • Create and share collections of modules
  • Save bookmarks
  • Accrue points and achievements
  • Use free Azure resources
  • View personalized recommendations

What is a learning path?

Learning paths are collections of modules that are organized around specific roles (like developer, architect, or system admin) or technologies (like Azure Web Apps, Power BI, or Xamarin.Forms).

When you finish a learning path, you've gained a new understanding of different aspects of the technology or role you're studying. You also get a trophy!

What is a module?

Modules are the building blocks of the Microsoft Learn experience. Think of a module as a course that contains a collection of related units, such as videos, labs, and articles.

When you finish a module, you've gained a new skill that relates to your role and target technology. You also get a badge!

What is a unit?

A unit is a small chunk of information that's included in a module. It might be learning content, an interactive activity, a quiz, or something else.

Even if you have only a few minutes, you can learn something new and gain XP by finishing a unit.

What is a collection?

Collections allow you to easily curate and organize sets of content and share them with anyone.

While collections do not appear in search results or in your public profile, anyone who has a collection's URL can access it.

What happened to bookmarks?

Bookmarks have been moved to a new "Favorites" collection. You can find your Favorites collection on the Collections tab in your profile.

You can add new favorites by clicking the "Save" button on a content page, and selecting the "Favorites" collection from the list.

What languages does Microsoft Learn support?

Our product learning paths support these languages:

  • Azure (17 languages): Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Hungarian, Swedish, Czech, Dutch, Iberian Portuguese, Polish, Turkish

  • Dynamics (4 languages): Japanese, German, Spanish, French

  • PowerBI (23 languages): Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Hungarian, Swedish, Czech, Dutch, Iberian Portuguese, Polish, Turkish, Danish, Greek, Slovak, Finnish, Thai, Norwegian

  • PowerApps, PowerAutomate (4 languages): Japanese, German, Spanish, French

  • SQL Server (10 languages): Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese

  • Windows Developer (10 languages) Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese

  • .Net (13 languages): Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Polish, Turkish

  • Xamarin (13 languages): Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Polish, Turkish

  • M365 (10 languages): Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese

Can I get a current list of the published modules and learning paths?

Yes. The Microsoft Learn Catalog API provides a public web API to retrieve a list of the modules and learning paths along with the URLs used to access the training.

Where is my profile?

Sign in and access your profile page on the Learn website.

What is XP?

XP or experience points measure your achievement in completing Microsoft Learn content. You can view the amount of awarded XP next to the title of each learning path, module, and unit.

What are badges?

Badges are achievements that you earn when you finish a module. These awards appear on your profile, and you can share them through social media and other channels.

What are trophies?

Trophies are granted when you finish a learning path. They also appear on your Docs user profile, and you can share them through social media and other channels.

How do I edit my profile?

You can edit your profile on the Edit Your Profile page.

What information in my profile is publicly viewable?

When you create a profile, it is publicly accessible at the URL https://docs.microsoft.com/users/<your-user-name>. Your display name, achievements (including level, badges, and trophies), and activities are displayed. Any Collections you have created are also publicly viewable via its URL.

Can I download a copy of all my user data?

Yes. To access a downloadable file of all your data, follow the instructions on the Edit Your Profile page.

How do I delete my user data?

You can delete all of your Microsoft Docs user data on the Edit Your Profile page.

How do I change my password?

To change your Microsoft account password, see this guide.

Can I merge two profiles of mine into one?

Yes! Assume you have profile A and profile B, you are able to merge your completions and achievements of profile B into profile A by clicking "add account" on the Edit Your Profile page when signed into Profile A. After merging, only profile A will exist as both profiles learning history will be combined. The merging logic is as following:

  • Your learning history and achievements will be merged, with duplicates removed, from profile B into profile A.
  • Your Q&A contributions and activities will be merged, with duplicates removed, from profile B into profile A. Note that the data for who/what you are following on our Q&A platform won't be merged. Please make a note of who/what you are following on profile B, and manually re-follow after the merge is complete.
  • Your linked accounts will be merged from profile B into profile A. Note: if the limit of "up to five school or work accounts and one personal account" is exceeded during the merge process, your merge request will be cancelled. If this happens, you'll need to resolve this issue before trying again.
  • Your saved items and joined challenges will be merged, with duplicates removed, from profile B into profile A.
  • Private profile mode will be enabled if any of the two profiles has this setting turned on.
  • All other settings will remain unchanged in profile A and editable on Edit Your Profile page anytime.

Tip

For all Microsoft account support, see this page.

What is the Microsoft Learn sandbox?

The Microsoft Learn sandbox (sometimes called the Azure sandbox) is a free environment that you can use to explore Azure through Microsoft Learn content.

Why do I need a sandbox?

Most of the Microsoft Learn content involves exercise units where students create real things in Azure, such as virtual machines or Azure functions, to practice what they're learning. You use the sandbox to complete these lessons without a paid Azure subscription.

Most of the lessons don't require you to install any local development tools. You can build apps that utilize Azure services right in the Microsoft Learn sandbox.

Do I need an Azure account to use a sandbox?

No. All you need is a Microsoft account to sign in with. If you don't have one, you can create one for free.

Can I use the sandbox if I already have an Azure subscription?

Absolutely. The sandbox works independently from your regular subscriptions. While you're practicing and learning with Microsoft Learn, you can use the sandbox. When you're ready to create real resources, you can use your Azure subscription.

How do I activate the sandbox?

The sandbox is available in every module that contains a hands-on Azure exercise. Each unit includes a prompt at the top of the page to indicate the sandbox status. It initially looks like this:

Activate Sandbox prompt that is displayed in each module

Selecting the Activate Sandbox button starts the activation process. If this is the first time you've activated a sandbox in Microsoft Learn, a second prompt asks you to accept the license terms. To accept the terms, you need to sign in with your Microsoft account, such as an Office 365 or Outlook.com account. If you don't have one, you can create one for free.

The system then creates a new sandbox for you. It takes a few minutes.

"Provisioning sandbox" loading screen

After the sandbox is activated, you'll see a prompt that says you have access to a sandbox.

"You now have access to a sandbox" notification

How long does activation take?

The system should create the sandbox in a few minutes. If it takes more than five minutes, or if you get an error, you can refresh the browser page to reconnect.

What happens when I activate a sandbox?

The first time you activate a sandbox and accept the terms, your Microsoft account is associated with a new Azure directory named Microsoft Learn Sandbox, and you're added to a special subscription named Concierge Subscription.

Each time you activate a sandbox, a single resource group is created for you. You can use it to create and manage all the resources (for example, virtual machines, storage accounts, and app services) that you need for a module.

Subscription drop-down menu with "Concierge Subscription" selected

Can I activate the sandbox on mobile?

No. Sandbox is not available on mobile, you cannot activate or use the sandbox on mobile. Please use desktop for the best sandbox user experience.

Do I need to use the sandbox?

You can use your own subscription to go through the modules, but you'll have to pay for the resources that you create and remember to clean them up when you're finished to avoid being charged. In addition, Microsoft Learn won't be able to verify that you have completed the exercises, and you won't receive credit. We highly recommend that you use the sandbox environment.

How do I sign in to the sandbox when I use the Azure portal?

Any unit that uses the Azure portal will always have a link in the instructions to make sure you're in the sandbox. You should always use this link to open the portal, because it will put you in the right directory and subscription. When you're prompted for a username and password, be sure to use the same account that you used to activate the sandbox.

How can I tell if I'm in the sandbox when I use the Azure portal?

You can tell whether you're in the sandbox by looking at the directory listed under your name in the upper-right corner. It should say Microsoft Learn Sandbox.

"Microsoft Learn Sandbox" shown in the upper-right corner under your name

What if I'm not in the right subscription?

If you sign in to the portal and are in your own subscription (or you sign in to your subscription and end up in the sandbox), one of two things might be wrong. Either you have not activated the sandbox or your Azure settings put you in a default directory. You can change the directory by selecting the Directory and Subscription filter button on the toolbar along the top.

"Directory and Subscription filter" button on the toolbar

The button opens a drop-down list where you can select the correct directory. You can also change the Set your default directory setting to the directory that you work in most often.

Settings menu for "Directory + subscription," where you can select your default directory

When you activate the new sandbox, the old sandbox environment is destroyed, along with any resources created in it.

Can I activate multiple sandbox environments?

No. Each module gives you a new sandbox so you're always starting in a clean environment. The system detects when you move from one module to the next, and it prompts you to activate a new sandbox. The prompt looks like this:

Notification that a different sandbox is active, with a button to activate a new sandbox.

I'm seeing resource groups named [Sandbox resource group] in the instructions. What does that mean?

This means you haven't activated the sandbox for the current module. When you activate the sandbox environment, those placeholder items are replaced with the name of the resource group created for you.

How long does the sandbox stay around?

The sandbox environment created for a module is available for four consecutive hours to ensure that you can finish the module. The Microsoft Learn exercises are meant to be finished in one sitting, in an hour or less.

What happens when the sandbox times out?

If the sandbox times out while you're in the middle of the lesson, you will lose all work up to that point. You will have to reactivate the environment and go back to the beginning of the module to start over.

Can I use the sandbox from Visual Studio, VS Code, or my favorite Azure tool?

Yes, many of the modules available in Microsoft Learn work with developer tools such as Visual Studio. These tools will work fine if you sign in with the same account that you used to activate the sandbox. Keep in mind that the sandbox is meant to be used with the training content provided in the Microsoft Learn portal. We don't support any other use.

What are the limitations of the sandbox environment?

Limitations to how you can use the sandbox include:

  • You can create only certain resources (based on the module you're in).
  • The sandbox is limited to specific SKUs for some services.
  • You can use only specific regions (locations).

You also can't create resource groups. Instead, the sandbox provides a single resource group for you to work with.

Does resetting Azure Cloud Shell reset the sandbox too?

No, they're independent. Resetting Azure Cloud Shell through the power button in the upper-left corner of the window will reconnect you to the storage account and clear the history of your terminal session commands. All of your data and resources in the sandbox will remain.

Can I save my settings in the sandbox and come back later?

No. Your sandbox is temporary and available for only four hours.

How do I report problems I'm seeing with the sandbox?

Make sure to visit our Troubleshooting section for solutions to common issues. If you are still unable to resolve the problem, please "Report an Issue" to notify our team.

I'm having problems completing a learning path/module/unit. Where can I go to get help?

Make sure to visit our Troubleshooting section for solutions to common issues. If you are still unable to resolve the problem, please "Report an Issue" to notify our team.

I found an error with the content. Can I notify someone about it?

Please let our team know by reporting the issue.

Microsoft Learn for Educators FAQ

The Microsoft Learn for Educators program FAQ can be found here.

Are there ways to connect Microsoft Learn to my Learning Management System?

The Microsoft Learn Catalog API lets you send a web-based query to Microsoft Learn and get back details about published content such as titles, products covered, and links to the training. Customers can take the returned information and display it in their learning management systems (LMSs) alongside other training content.