Windows Server 2012 Licensing

Only days after I have published my blog articleon Azure and Windows Server, Microsoft officially announced their Windows Server 2012 licensing model including pricing. You can check it out at The interesting thing about this Microsoft announcement is that it fits nicely into what I have predicted: Microsoft is getting ready for the cloud by making Windows Server a real cloud OS – and Windows Server 2012 is the first step into this direction. The new licensing model is simpler than ever before, no more Enterprise Edition or Web Edition. What I like most is that Standard Edition and Datacenter Edition both include the same feature set. The only difference is the number of virtual instances; two per Standard Edition license and unlimited with a Datacenter Edition license.

The only piece that’s still missing so far is an updated licensing model for virtual/remote desktop and remote application access.

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  1. Totally agree that Windows Server 2012 is cloud-ready! I also really like the fact that the Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 supports managing on-premise servers as well as those in Azure! The future looks “Cloudy” (and bright)! 🙂

    Comment by Freek Berson on July 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

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