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CAL

Provides the right for a device or user to access all running instances of a particular server product deployed for the customer’s organization.

CAL Suite Bridge

Subscription providing the right for a user to access some subset of on-premises server products; used to “bridge” gaps between use rights included with traditional Core/Enterprise CAL Suites and use rights included with certain online service suites.

CAL Suite Bridge Contents

Illustration outlines the components currently in the various CAL Suite Bridge offerings.

CAL Suite Contents

Illustration outlines the components currently in the Core CAL Suite and Enterprise CAL Suite.

Calling Plan

Formerly called Skype for Business Online PSTN Calling, this service augments Phone System by providing domestic and international calling minutes; licensed via its own separate User SL.

CALs Included with Online Services Suites

Illustration lists the CAL (client access license) and Client ML (Management License) subscriptions included with Office 365 Enterprise suites, Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suites, Microsoft 365 Enterprise suites, and Intune.

CIS Suite

Combines server-side licenses and SA (Software Assurance) for equivalent editions of Windows Server and System Center; licensed Per-Core. See Core Infrastructure Server Suite for in-depth entry.

Client

Refers to an end-user (person) or an end-user’s client device, or other types of non-server hardware, such as sensors.

Client Access License

Provides the right for a device or user to access all running instances of a particular server product deployed for the customer’s organization. See acronym CAL for in-depth entry.

Client device

PCs, Macs, tablets, smartphones, and other end-user devices people use to interact with Microsoft software or online services, as well as autonomous devices such as sensors that access a server-based product or online service.

Client ML

A Client Management License (ML) covers client-side licensing requirements for the two products governed under the Management Servers License Model, System Center and Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA); available Per-User, Per-OSE, or Per-Device.

Cloud App Security

An online service that monitors and controls access across multiple Microsoft and third-party hosted online services; licensed via User SLs (Subscription Licenses).

Communication Credits

Used to pay for telephony-related services not covered by Phone System or Audio Conferencing User SLs.

Compliance Center

Prior name for Web-based console licensed by Office 365 Enterprise suites for managing security and compliance-related functions, including archiving, mobile device management, data loss prevention, basic eDiscovery, and retention. See Security and Compliance Center for in-depth entry.

Configuration Manager

A Windows Server-based management application that automates software deployment and patching, hardware and software inventorying, and compliance with configuration policies; licensed under the Management Servers License Model via System Center Server MLs and Client MLs. See System Center Configuration Manager for in-depth entry.

Core

An independent processing unit contained on a physical processor chip.

Core CAL Suite

A collection of six client-side licenses for accessing Microsoft server software.

Core CAL Suite SA Benefits

Summary of SA (Software Assurance) benefits associated with the Core CAL Suite, organized by high and low value benefits

Core CAL Suite Timeline

Outlines major changes to the Core CAL Suite’s content and pricing.

Core Infrastructure Server Suite

Combines server-side licenses and SA (Software Assurance) for equivalent editions of Windows Server and System Center; licensed Per-Core.

Core Infrastructure Server Suite SA Benefits

Summary of SA (Software Assurance) benefits associated with Core Infrastructure Server Suite, organized by high and low value benefits.

Core Infrastructure Server Suite Timeline

Outlines major changes to the Core Infrastructure Server Suite’s license model and rules, edition lineup, and pricing.

Core License Model

A license model used for SQL Server and a few other server-based applications; use of the product covered by purchasing a license for each physical core in a server or licenses based on the processing resources allocated to a Virtual OSE; See Per Core License Model for in-depth entry.

Core/CAL License Model

A license model exclusive to Windows Server 2016 that requires at least 16 core–based licenses per physical server and CALs (Client Access Licenses) for users or access devices.

Core/CAL License Model Flowchart

Flowchart explains how to calculate the number of core licenses required for Windows Server 2016 Datacenter and Standard editions under the Core/CAL License Model.

CRM Online

An online service that delivers customer relationship management, marketing, sales, and service capabilities. See synonym Dynamics CRM Online for in-depth entry.

CRM Server

An on-premises, Windows Server-based application that delivers customer relationship management, marketing, sales, and service capabilities. See synonym Dynamics CRM Server for in-depth entry.

Cross edition

A form of substitution, whereby a customer owning a license for a specific product edition deploys a different, generally lower-level edition instead. See synonym down edition for in-depth entry.

Current Branch

A type of fast cadence servicing model currently offered for System Center Configuration Manager; was also used by Windows 10 and Windows Server, but was superseded by SAC (Semi-annual channel) in 2017.

Current Branch for Business

A type of servicing model offered for the Windows client OS (Windows 10) and for Windows Server (version 2016) that delivered feature updates to a computer as often as two to three times a year; replaced by SAC (Semi-Annual Channel) model.

Customer's Premises

Generally understood to mean the physical buildings an organization owns or leases to conduct its day-to-day business. See synonym premises for in-depth entry.

Customer’s Premises

Generally understood to mean the physical buildings an organization owns or leases to conduct its day-to-day business. See synonym premises for in-depth entry.