SharePoint Licensing Changes

Microsoft has changed the licensing for SharePoint, simplifying the options for server licensing and extranet scenarios

Starting from December 1, 2012, Microsoft has changed the pricing structure for SharePoint.

Previously, SharePoint licensing was a mix of the following:

  • Server license – per server. Choice of SharePoint Server Standard or Enterprise edition
  • Client Access License (CAL) – per device or per user, for Standard or Enterprise edition
  • Internet connector license – per server connected to the Internet (no separate CALs required)

In the new model, there is now no Standard or Enterprise edition and no separate Internet connector license. However, the base Server price has been increased. So it will be cheaper for people who were using Enterprise Edition and the Internet connector license, but more expensive for those using Standard edition until now.

New licensing model:

  • Server license – per server. No separate pricing for Standard or Enterprise edition
  • CAL per device or per user. Per user CALs now more expensive, but can connect up to 5 devices under one user CAL

At the recent SharePoint conference, Microsoft also announced that Yammer would now be included in the Office 365 subscription at no extra cost. It can also still be purchased separately.


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