Windows Server 2016 to Be Licensed by Core

Expected in the third quarter of 2016, Windows Server 2016 will license servers based on cores rather than processors, use technical features to differentiate between Datacenter and Standard editions, and introduce a new Software Assurance (SA) benefit related to Azure. Over time these changes will likely increase server licensing costs, in part by shifting purchases to Datacenter edition, as well as impact hardware specifications and equipment upgrade schedules, the timing of new license purchases, and SA renewal decisions.

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