A new client access license (CAL) suite is now available through volume licensing - the Core CAL. The Core CAL includes CALs for Microsoft Windows Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Systems Management Server, and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server. The Core CAL offers a convenient way to license basic server components across desktop computers. In addition, it reduces the overall complexity of managing CALs for server software for IT professionals.
Whether through an Enterprise Agreement or any other volume licensing agreement, customers buying the Core CAL will always buy it with Software Assurance. This way, clients will be appropriately licensed regardless of the software version deployed.