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Microsoft is dramatically simplifying things for both consumers and business; in this reign, yesterday the company reveals Windows Server 2012 SKUs along with their feature set on the official home page.

Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012

There will be a total of 4 Windows Server 2012 SKUs as follows:

  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter edition
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard edition
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials edition
  • Windows Server 2012 Foundation edition
Editions feature set and licensing model
Edition Ideal for… High Level Feature
Licensing Model Pricing
Open NL (US$)
Datacenter Highly virtualized
private & hybrid
cloud environments
Full Windows
Server functionality
with unlimited
virtual instances
Processor + CAL $4,809
Standard Low density or non-
Full Windows
Server functionality
with two virtual
Processor + CAL $882
Essentials Small business
Simpler interface,
connectivity to
cloud based services; no
virtualization rights
Server (25 User
Account Limit)
Foundation Economical general
purpose server
General purpose
server functionality
with no
virtualization rights
Server (15 User
Account Limit)
OEM Only

If you are new to Windows Server 2012 and willing to dig it; Microsoft released a release candidate version of Windows Server 2012 in June and it’s still available and can be downloaded by signing in the MSDN Evaluation Center with your Windows Live ID.

Source: Windows Server 2012 Homepage

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