Is your Microsoft licensing in compliance? A quick reference guide

 In Microsoft, Software, Volume Licensing

This is a big week for Microsoft — the Windows 8 launch today, the release of Microsoft Surface tomorrow. Media and techies have been hyping these new products for months, both for their innovation — some are calling Surface the “PC of the future” — and also for the licensing re-haul associated with them.

Caitlin already touched on the licensing changes inherent with Windows 8, so we won’t be going there today. Instead of looking forward, we thought we’d take a quick look back at how Microsoft got here. Below we’ve compiled a handy table recapping the new Microsoft products launched in 2012 and the licensing models associated with each. Let this serve as a quick reference to make sure your software licensing is in compliance.

Product Launch Date Microsoft Product Information Licensing Need-to-Know
System Center 2012 Jan. 17, 2012 System Center 2012 Microsoft has simplified the solution process so that each System Center server edition license includes all of the components needed to manage your server infrastructure. The Client Access License and Server Management License are new editions based on the number of Operating System Environments that you manage per license.Read more:
Windows 2012 Server Feb. 29, 2012 Windows 2012 Server Microsoft is now licensing servers in a processor-based licensing model. Each license covers up to two physical processors on a single server, and the minimum number or license required for each server is determined by the number of physical processors.Read more:
SQL Server April 1, 2012 SQL Server The measure of computing power is shifting from physical processors to cores. Core-based licensing provides a more precise measure of computing power and a more consistent licensing metric.Read more:
Visual Studio 2012 Aug. 15, 2012 Visual Studio 2012 To license Visual Studio, you must purchase the appropriate level MSDN subscription for each user who will be participating in software development projects. Each licensed user may install and use the software on any number of devices to design, develop, test, and demonstrate their programs.Read more:
Microsoft Windows 8 Oct. 25, 2012 Microsoft Windows 8 Microsoft has introduced a variety of new licensing options to ensure that your organization can work with whatever device they choose. Companion Device Licenses, Windows To Go, and Companion Subscription Licenses are among some of the new features.Read more:

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