How to Try and Buy

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Shared Resource Computing can be a great solution for schools with limited IT budgets. So instead of buying every student a PC, you can share the processing capacity of one computer with multiple users.

There are two ways to buy Windows MultiPoint Server

  1. Pre-installed on a new host computer from one of our OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) partners. This is the easiest way to get the entire solution of software and hardware. OEMs and their resellers offer options for both Academic and Commercial customers.
  2. Through the Microsoft Volume Licensing program for both Academic and commercial customers. For customers who already have all the necessary hardware on which to install Windows MultiPoint Server.

How to get started

In the US or Canada:

  • Contact us. Talk to a licensing specialist who can answer your licensing questions and direct you to an appropriate education reseller.
  • Find a reseller. There are two types of education resellers: Authorized Education Resellers (AERs) and Large Account Resellers (LARs). Find out which kind you need and search for one near you.

Outside the US: Contact your nearest Microsoft office or visit your regional Microsoft Licensing Web site.

multipoint server schematic

Windows MultiPoint Server is comprised of the software as well as three hardware elements: the host computer, access devices and user stations. Find out more.

Whether you need the Standard or Premium edition depends on the number of users and whether MultiPoint is being used over a Network (LAN) and joined to a Windows Server Active Directory domain.

Windows MultiPoint Server Standard

For a maximum of 10 simultaneously connected stations* with no domain join supported. Buy this edition from your preferred OEM partners or your Microsoft Open License reseller.

Windows MultiPoint Server Premium

For a maximum of 20 simultaneously connected stations* with domain join supported. Buy this edition through one of our highly qualified OEM partners for the best experience or from your Microsoft Open license or Academic licensing reseller.

Windows MultiPoint Server
Standard
Windows MultiPoint Server
Premium
Licensing

On the host computer: Windows MultiPoint Server Standard

Each station and host computer, if used as a station: Windows MultiPoint Server client access license (CAL).

On the host computer: Windows MultiPoint Server Premium

Each station and host computer, if used as a station: Windows MultiPoint Server client access license (CAL).

Differentiation
  • No domain join supported
  • Maximum of 10 simultaneously connected stations*
  • Domain join supported
  • Maximum of 20 simultaneously connected stations*
Channel / Pricing
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)

Licensing included with hardware purchase.

Please contact your preferred hardware supplier for more details or refer to the list of OEMs below.

Licensing included with hardware purchase.

Academic OEM only for qualified academic customers.

Volume Licensing – Open Commercial

Server
– $330

CAL
(with Windows Server CAL)#
– $139

(without Windows Server CAL)#
– $110

Pricing quoted is from Microsoft Volume Licensing, Open Corporate NL ERP in USD.

Please contact your local Microsoft licensing reseller for exact pricing.

Server
– $817

CAL
(with Windows Server CAL)#
– $139

(without Windows Server CAL)#
– $110

Pricing quoted is from Microsoft Volume Licensing, Open Corporate NL ERP in USD.

Please contact your local Microsoft licensing reseller for exact pricing.

Volume Licensing – Academic

Server
– $115

CAL
(with Windows Server CAL)#
– $29

(without Windows Server CAL)#
– $22

Pricing quoted is from Microsoft Volume Licensing, Open Corporate NL ERP in USD.

Please contact your local Microsoft licensing reseller for exact pricing.

Hyper-V Capability Not supported 1+1 licensing model

*   Actual number of connected stations should be based on host computer hardware capacity (CPU, memory, etc.), station hardware configuration (PCI-E or USB), and usage workloads. There is no limit to the number of PCs connected to Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 using a Multipoint Connector. Learn More.

#  To correctly license through volume licensing channel, a Windows MultiPoint Server CAL and a Windows Server CAL is required. Commonly in customer environments with existing Windows Server licenses; Windows Server CALs will have been purchased already. To prevent a situation of buying the same CAL twice, Microsoft has provided two licensing options. One option of the Windows MultiPoint Server CAL includes the Windows Server CAL and the other option excludes it to recognize an existing CAL ownership.

+  Charity channel option exists though is not covered in this table. Please contact your Microsoft licensing reseller for details and pricing.

Windows MultiPoint Server is designed specifically for multiuser scenarios. MultiPoint Server comes in Standard Edition and Premium Edition allowing 10 and 20 users respectively to simultaneously share one host computer. Each user has his or her own independent and familiar Windows computing experience at stations directly connected to the host computer.

For an in-depth look at licensing options, download the Microsoft Volume Licensing Brief.

Windows MultiPoint Server Volume Licensing Model

Multiple users can access an instance of Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 if every accessing device or user has a Windows MultiPoint Server CAL and a Windows Server CAL. In the case where MultiPoint Server is being used to manage Windows 7 or Windows 8 PCs only a Windows Server CAL is required, not a Windows MultiPoint Server CAL. The Windows MultiPoint Server CAL is only required when accessing a Windows Multipoint Server desktop.

Here is the full language list for the MultiPoint Dashboard and Multipoint Manager:

Arabic, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Chinese HK, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Spanish, Turkish.

Student desktops can be delivered in these languages:

Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Chinese HK, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian Latin, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Thai, Ukrainian.

Windows MultiPoint Server OEM

Multiple users can access an instance of Windows MultiPoint Server if every accessing device or user has a Windows MultiPoint Server CAL.

Users can acquire MultiPoint Server through a new hardware purchase in the following ways:

  • Windows MultiPoint Server Standard: OEM
  • Windows MultiPoint Server Premium: OEM and Academic OEM

Licensing Windows Multipoint Server 2012 in 1:1 Computing Scenario

In scenarios where each student has his or her own Windows 7 or Windows 8 based PC – laptop, desktop or tablets, whether institution or student owned, there is no Windows Multipoint Server CAL required for each PC. Only a Windows Server CAL is required. Also, there is no limit on the number of PCs connected to Windows Multipoint Server 2012 in this scenario. For example, in a Classroom where a single Windows Multipoint Server 2012 is deployed and managing 30 Windows 8 tablets or laptops, one would need:

  • 1 license of Windows MultiPoint Server 2012
  • 30 licenses of Windows Server CAL 2012

Multiuser Scenarios with Windows Server Operating Systems

While MultiPoint Server permits licensing in a multiuser solution, the Windows Server operating system also provides a multiuser solution using Remote Desktop Services and/or other technologies. Multiple users can access a licensed instance of Windows Server if every accessing user or device has a Windows Server CAL and Remote Desktop Services CAL.

The Windows Server license terms described in the PUR specify that both a Windows Server Client Access License (CAL) and Remote Desktop Services CAL (RDS CAL) are required whenever a user is remotely connecting to Windows Server to display, access, or use a graphical user interface (for example, a desktop PC or application).

The RDS CAL is required regardless of the technology used to access the server remotely (Microsoft Remote Desktop Services or other third-party software).

Both device and user variants of the RDS CAL are available so that customers can make the best CAL purchase decisions based on their individual needs.

Multiuser Scenarios with Windows Client Operating Systems

Windows client operating systems by contrast do not permit multiple users to access or otherwise use one licensed copy of the software simultaneously.

No licensing terms exist that allow concurrent shared use of the Windows client operating system.

Under current licensing terms, each host computer or access device using Windows 7, Windows Vista®, or Windows XP must have either a license for such Windows client operating system purchased through the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) channel or the retail/full packaged product (FPP) channel, or a Volume Licensing upgrade purchased on top of a qualifying operating system license.

The Software License Terms (formerly referred to as the EULA) and Microsoft Product Use Rights (PUR) provide that Windows client operating systems are licensed under the following terms:

One license for each device on or from which the client operating system is accessed and used. One user accessing the software at a time. No use of the client operating system's runtime and other files to run applications not running on the software.