On Friday Microsoft announced the new licencing model for Windows Server 2012.  The changes bring a lot of clarity and simplicity to the licencing model for Windows Server, and moving from how we do that today this is bound to make a lot of people very happy.

Windows Server Editions Today

Here is now Windows Server is licensed today:

* Pricing is OpenNL in USD

As you can see this model provides flexibility by offering a variety of editions.  There are two editions depending on your virtualisation needs and each edition has very different virtualisation rights, features and licencing model.

Announcing Windows Server 2012

Today we are continuing to offer flexibility to address the virtualisation needs of our customers, but have really simplified the model to provide customers with all the features they need no matter what their virtualisation needs and with a licensing model that is consistent across editions, making it easier to manage and purchase licenses