Posted by: kurtsh | March 25, 2011

NEWS: Core CAL changes for FY11

clip_image002Looks like this has gone public as of MMS 2011.

The Core CAL, in case you hadn’t heard, will be incorporating, as of August 1st, 2011:

  • Forefront Endpoint Protection CAL
  • Lync Standard CAL

Softchoice (a large account reseller) has written quite a bit up about the change (even though we apparently haven’t said much outside of this.) and their write up is quite complete.

Today, Microsoft announced two product additions to the Core Client Access License (Core CAL), which will impact the pricing and functionality of its popular desktop licensing suite.

As of August 1st, Lync Standard CAL and Forefront Endpoint Protection will move to Core CAL. Previously these products lived on the Enterprise CAL “Step Up”, and made up part of the Enterprise Suite stack. Organizations who have Software Assurance on their Core CAL as of August 1st, will have access to the new features.

This is the first major change to Core CAL in ten years, and Microsoft says it reflects the evolving desktop environment, which has larger demands on collaboration and seamless security management. The change also helps Core CAL deliver essential capabilities to users, and aligns the on-premise platform with Microsoft’s online offerings, such as Office 365 and Windows Intune.

Lync Standard is an entry-point version of Microsoft’s next-generation instant communications tool, and allows for PC-to-PC calling, “rich presence” and conference calling, among several other features. Forefront EndpointProtectioncombines security and management at the desktop level.


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