Yes, it’s the talk of the town. “Windows 2016! Oh my! It’s moving to cores!!!” That part is true. What is NOT true is even when Windows 2016 is released, it doesn’t mean you have to license by core – you can still license by processor for all 2012 and earlier editions. The catch? Once your agreement expires and you sign a new SPLA after October 1st (when Windows 2016 is released) you must license by core regardless which version you are running.
So what does this mean to you? If I was a service provider that reports over 2k in Windows and SQL licenses, I might readjust when my SPLA expires to extend processor based licensing. Wait…What? You can readjust when my SPLA agreement expires? Sure. I’m SPLA Man. Anything is possible with SPLA Man.
Thanks for reading,
Windows 2016 Man