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Microsoft's Client-Access Licenses Pricing Changes on December 1

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Microsoft is about to change the pricing for its client-access licenses (CALs), which will result in higher license prices for some customers.

While the device CAL will remain untouched, Microsoft will be raising the prices of User CALs by 15 percent, according to Softcat. So far, device and user CALs have been about the same, but user CALs have been the cheaper option in many cases: A device CAL is priced toward an individual device, while the user CAL refers to individual users.

According to Softcat, the pricing change will affect the following products:

  •  Bing Maps Server CAL
  •  Core CAL Suite
  •  Enterprise CAL Suite
  •  Exchange Server Standard and Enterprise CALs
  •  Lync Server Standard and Enterprise CALs
  •  Project Server CAL
  •  SharePoint Server Standard and Enterprise CALs
  • System Center 2012 Client Management Suite
  • System Center Configuration Manager
  • System Center Endpoint Protection
  • Visual Studio TFS CAL
  • Windows Multipoint Server CAL
  • Windows Server CAL
  • Windows Server RDS, RMS, Terminal Services CAL

The new pricing terms will go in effect on December 1. Customers with currently active and pre-negotiated terms will be able to retain their pricing until their respective period ends. Public sector pricing remains unchanged.

Wolfgang GruenerWolfgang GruenerWolfgang Gruener is a contributor to Tom's IT Pro. He is currently principal analyst at Ndicio Research, a market analysis firm that focuses on cloud computing and disruptive technologies, and maintains the blog. An 18-year veteran in IT journalism and market research, he previously published TG Daily and was managing editor of Tom's Hardware news, which he grew from a link collection in the early 2000s into one of the most comprehensive and trusted technology news sources.

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