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Microsoft Boosts Core Cal

Earlier this week many of you agreed with me that Microsoft is as confusing as a Dennis Miller monologue (check out today's Doug's Mailbag for some of them). And I spent a few month studying this (licensing, not Miller).

Well, there is one concept that is not that hard to grasp: the Client Access License (CAL). Here for one price is a bunch of software licensed to one client device. There are two main CALs: The Core CAL is for software Microsoft hopes every user will use, while the Enterprise CAL has high-end software that some, but not all, would avail themselves of, such as System Center and SharePoint.

Now Microsoft is moving a couple of apps its wants everyone to enjoy from the Enterprise CAL to the Core CAL, specifically ForeFront Endpoint Protection and Lync.

While this sounds like a slam-dunk for IT, there are various price increases and licensing restrictions you should really check out. We have all the deets here.

Posted by Doug Barney on 03/30/2011 at 1:18 PM


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