SharePoint: How to Buy

Licensing Resources

SharePoint supports intranet, extranet, and Internet applications from a single, integrated platform. The specific licenses you need depend on three factors: what capabilities are used, how SharePoint is deployed, and where the system is hosted.

The following information provides details about buying and licensing SharePoint for your company. The links below also provide more information:

SharePoint Product Lineup

You can use SharePoint to set up intranet, extranet, and Internet sites. Intranet sites are licensed using a Server/CAL (Client Access License) model. SharePoint Server is required for each running instance of the software, and CALs are required for each person or device accessing a SharePoint Server. Extranet and Internet sites are licensed using a Server-only model—no CALs are required. For more information on licensing models, see Licensing Details.

SharePoint Server: Intranet Scenarios

Client Access License

The Standard CAL delivers the core capabilities of SharePoint:
  • Sites: A Single Infrastructure for All Your Business Web Sites
  • Communities: An Integrated Collaboration Platform
  • Content: ECM for the Masses
  • Search: Relevance, Refinement, and People (excludes FAST Search)
  • Composites: Do-It-Yourself Business Solutions (excludes Access Services and InfoPath Services)

For more details on the specific features in the Standard CAL, see Edition Comparison.

Enterprise Client Access License

The Enterprise CAL delivers the full capabilities of SharePoint:

  • Sites: A Single Infrastructure for All Your Business Web Sites
  • Communities: An Integrated Collaboration Platform
  • Content: ECM for the Masses
  • Search: Relevance, Refinement, and People includes FAST Search)
  • Composites: Do-It-Yourself Business Solutions (includes Access Services and InfoPath Services)
  • Insights: BI for Everyone (includes PerformancePoint Services, Excel Services, and Visio Services)

Note that the Enterprise CAL is additive: To access the Enterprise edition features, a person/device must have both the Standard CAL and Enterprise CAL. For more details on the specific features in the Enterprise CAL, see Edition Comparison.

SharePoint Server: Internet/Extranet Scenarios

SharePoint Server for Internet Sites, Standard

SharePoint for Internet Sites, Standard, delivers the core capabilities of the SharePoint Standard CAL for use on an Internet or extranet site. This server license is designed for small and mid-sized companies, and deployment is limited to a single domain and related subdomains. A domain is a combination of a public domain (such as .com, .net, .org) and a second-level, proprietary domain (such as MyCompany, MyOrganization, MyClub). Examples of valid domains are MyCompany.com, MyOrganization.net, and MyClub.org. Subdomains are any URL prefixes to the left of the second-level domains.

SharePoint Server for Internet Sites, Enterprise

SharePoint for Internet Sites, Enterprise, delivers the full capabilities of the SharePoint Enterprise CAL for use on an Internet or extranet site. This server license also includes the rights to FAST Search for use in Internet or extranet scenarios. You can deploy a single server license of SharePoint Server for Internet Sites, Enterprise, as a SharePoint server or a FAST Search server—but not both concurrently.