What changes are planned for the pricing and licensing of Windows Server 2016?

The licensing of Datacenter and Standard Edition will move from processors to physical cores which aligns licensing of private and public cloud to a consistent currency of cores and simplifies licensing across multi-cloud environments.

Licenses for servers with 8 cores or less per proc will be same price as a one-proc license price.

Core licenses will be sold in packs of 2 for incremental licenses needed above the required 8 cores per proc. The Standard Edition of Windows Server and System Center will license up to 1 VM when all of the physical cores on the server are licensed.