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Several costly niche server-side licenses are eliminated and transitioned to the SharePoint Server 2013 license, roughly 40% more expensive than its 2010 counterpart, and SharePoint 2013 CALs purchased per-user cost 15% more than the corresponding SharePoint 2010 CAL. Pictured are the different types of available SharePoint-related licenses, pricing for the two latest versions, and license grants for Software Assurance (SA) customers. (SA is a subscription offering that provides rights to new product versions and other benefits for an annual fee.) Prices quoted (in U.S. dollars) are for licenses purchased without SA through the Open License program (No Level, or NL, pricing) and represent the highest price a U.S. customer would pay when purchasing through volume licensing.

A SharePoint Server 2010 server license covered by active SA as of Oct. 2012 transitions to a SharePoint Server 2013 license, which now costs 38% more if purchased new.

Four special-purpose SharePoint 2010-related licenses, all now discontinued, each transition to a SharePoint Server 2013 license if covered by active SA as of Oct. 2012. (The Dec. 2012 through June 2013 monthly Product Lists indicated a Dec. 2012 cutoff date for eligibility, an error that Microsoft says will be corrected in a subsequent Product List.)

FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint was a server-side license covering use of a higher capacity and more customizable search engine than was included with the SharePoint Server 2010 package. SharePoint 2013 now features a single enterprise search engine that incorporates the FAST technology.

Search Server 2010 was a server-side license allowing SharePoint Server 2010's indexing and search components to be installed on a server with no client-side licensing required for employees if deployed as an internal enterprise search solution only. With SharePoint 2013, customers wanting to use SharePoint as part of an internal enterprise search solution must buy SharePoint server licenses and CALs. Each SA-covered Search Server 2010 license transitions to one SharePoint Server 2013 license and 100 Standard CALs, although documentation is unclear whether these are User CALs or Device CALs, or if customers can choose between the two.

SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites (FIS) Standard and Enterprise editions were server-side licenses that allowed SharePoint to be installed on a server and accessed without a CAL by an unlimited number of nonemployee clients (e.g., business partners, suppliers, customers, retirees, and alumni). The right for an unlimited number of nonemployee clients without CALs to access an Internet-accessible server running SharePoint is now included as part of the SharePoint Server 2013 use rights.

SharePoint Server 2010 Standard or Enterprise CALs covered by active SA as of Oct. 2012 transition to the equivalent SharePoint Server 2013 CALs.

For all SharePoint-related licenses, the annual cost of SA is 25% of the license price in effect at the start of the SA coverage period, usually lasting between two or three years. While SA fees remain stable for the duration of a coverage period, when SA is renewed the annual fee reflects the current price of the transition license (SA grant). This means that customers who continue SA coverage on SharePoint server licenses will see a 38% increase in SA costs in their next SA period, and customers renewing SA on Standard or Enterprise User CALs will see a 15% increase.