Microsoft Lync Pricing and Licensing

the pricing for Lync was publicly made available recently and can be viewed here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/lync/pricing-licensing.aspx.
It follows the same Server/Client Access License (CAL) model as OCS 2007 R2, which essentially has 3 types of licenses you may need to purchase:
1. A Lync Server 2010 License:  this is required for each operating system running Lync Server.
2. Client Access License (CAL): a license for each device connecting to the Lync Server
3. Client (Lync 2010) Software License
#1 and #2 can be purchased as standalone licenses or as part of the Microsoft Enterprise CAL (ECAL) Suite.
#3 is licensed separately, but can be purchased via Office 2007 Pro Plus and Office 2007 Enterprise.
Most OCS 2007 R2 licenses purchased with Software Assurance can be transitioned to Lync licenses.  See the “License Transition from Office Communications Server 2007 R2 to Lync Server 2010” table in the Microsoft Lync Pricing and Licensing article for more details.

The initial pricing for Lync was publicly made available recently and can be viewed here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/lync/pricing-licensing.aspx. The full licensing guide can be downloaded here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9746239.

It follows the same Server/Client Access License (CAL) model as Microsoft OCS 2007 R2, which essentially has 3 types of licenses you may need to purchase for an on-premise deployment:

  1. A Lync Server 2010 License:  this is required for each operating system running Lync Server.
  2. Client Access License (CAL): a license for each device connecting to the Lync Server.  There are 2 types of CALs: Standard and Enterprise.  Each types licenses that device for certain features (see the tables in the article for the feature lists).
  3. Client (Lync 2010) Software License

Most existing OCS 2007 R2 licenses purchased with Software Assurance can be transitioned to Lync licenses.  See the “License Transition from Office Communications Server 2007 R2 to Lync Server 2010” table in the Microsoft Lync Pricing and Licensing article for more details.

Here are the details on each of the three Lync  license types mentioned above:

1) Lync Server License

  • The Lync Server licenses come in two offerings:  Standard and Enterprise.
  • Can be purchased as standalone licenses or as part of the Microsoft Enterprise CAL (ECAL) Suite.
  • The publicly announced estimated license costs for North American customers (in USD) are:
    • Lync Server 2010 Standard Edition: $699
    • Lync Server 2010 Enterprise Edition: $3,999
  • Note: there is no longer require a license for the Edge Server. The only Server Role that requires a license is the Front End Server Role.

2) Client Access License (CAL)

  • The license that allows devices, including the Lync clients, to connect to the server, comes in 3 offerings: Standard, Enterprise, and Plus.
  • They can be purchased as standalone licenses or as part of the Microsoft Enterprise CAL (ECAL) Suite.
  • See the feature matrix’s under “CAL Offerings” for which specific features you get with each type of license.
  • The publicly announced estimated license costs for North American customers (in USD) are:
    • Lync Server 2010 Standard CAL: $31
    • Lync Server 2010 Enterprise CAL: $107
    • Lync Server 2010 Plus CAL: $107

3) Lync 2010 Client License

  • The Lync client is licensed separately, but can be purchased via Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010, Office 2007 Pro Plus, and Office 2007 Enterprise.
  • The publicly announced estimated license costs for North American customers to purchase the standalone Office Communicator 2007 R2 client is $31.  I haven’t seen the estimated amount for the new Lync client.

As always, reseller prices may (and probably will), vary.

Notes on Licensing for Devices:

  • Analog Devices and USB Peripherals Devices do not require a license to connect to the Lync Server.
  • An IP Phone (or PC) can be covered under a User Licence or a Device Licence.  If you have multiple users using the device, it will be cheaper to just get a Device Licence – it covers all users who use the device.
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6 comments to Microsoft Lync Pricing and Licensing

  • Hi,

    I am not qualified to comment on Lync licensing. To that end I would ask your Microsoft Licensing representative, or re-post this question to the Microsoft Lync TechNet Forum: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/ocs.

    I can tell you that you would not need to disable or delete the AD account though. *I think* disabling the Lync user account is sufficent, but you could also just delete the Lync user account (in LCP, click on the Lync user account and selection Actions | Remove from Lync Server”)

    Curtis

  • Royal

    I’m trying to find out what steps have to be taken to deprovision Lync users wrt licensing. Which of the following actions (or combinations of actions) would deactivate a user’s CAL so it can be used by another person?
    1. Uncheck “Enabled for Lync Server” in LCP> Users
    2. Run Disable-CsUser cmdlet in LMS
    3. Disable the user’s AD account
    4. Delete the user’s AD account
    Thanks for any information you can provide.

  • Hi Adam,
    The device license I am refering to is a Client Access Licence (CAL) for the device – one is s required for each user or device accessing the Lync Server.

    There are 3 types of CAL’s – Standard, Enterprise, and Plus. It doesn’t matter what type of device; a device CAL is treated the same for all devices. As for which one you need, it depends on the features that you will be using. If it is just peer-to-peer computer audio, a standard CAL will suffice. If it is multi-party (2+ more participants), PSTN audio, or conferencing you will need the Enterprise or Plus. See the feature chart on the Microsoft Lync Licensing site: http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/HowToBuy/Pages/pricing-licensing.aspx.

    As for pricing, you are best to contact a Microsoft Sale Office or Reseller (who can also verify the type(s) of license). The Microsoft Licensing Options page (http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/HowToBuy/Pages/licensing-options.aspx) has information how to locate one.

    Hope that helps,
    Curtis

  • adam

    Hey Chris
    I was curious about the device licenses, I am looking to deploy Lync, and will have 85 Polycom CX500 IP Phones in class rooms, with no real users or presence required, what is the device license you are talking to below and how much does it cost? There are 4 licenses on the lync site, standard, ent, and ent+ and a standalone client license. For this type of phone, what should we use?

    –An IP Phone (or PC) can be covered under a User Licence or a Device Licence. If you have multiple users using the device, it will be cheaper to just get a Device Licence – it covers all users who use the device.

    Thanks!

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