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|Windows Server 2012 Editions and Licensing Changes|
|Friday, 13 July 2012|
Windows Server (WS) 2012 will be available in two general purpose editions: Standard and Datacenter. These editions will have the same technical capabilities and be licensed by the same paired-processor model. The only differences between the editions will be virtualization use rights and license price. Even with the elimination of the Enterprise edition, many organizations may have slightly lower licensing costs. Client Access Licenses (CALs) and reassignment rights remain largely unchanged, and the addition of even one WS 2012 server in an organization could trigger the need for new CALs throughout the organization.
Sections in the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Report