As of August 1, 2011 the updated Core CAL Suite has been officially available and includes Lync Server Standard CAL and Forefront Endpoint Protection. This update marks the first change to Core CAL since it was introduced nearly 10 years ago, and it enables the suite to deliver the essential capabilities that every user needs, and also aligns our largest on-premises suite with Windows Intune and Office 365.
You may remember when we announced these changes at the Microsoft Management Summit earlier this year. Members of the press and analyst community have responded favorably and see the addition of Lync and Forefront Endpoint as a positive move that makes the Microsoft Engerprise Agreement more attractive. Check out a blog post from Neil MacDonald, Gartner Research, who notes the significance of the change and its impact on the competitive market dynamics in play.
The updated Core CAL Suite became available on August 1. For more information, please be sure to visit our CAL site at: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/client-access-license.aspx.