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do i need sharepoint cals for a website hosted on sharepoint

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i will have a company website hosted on sharepoint
all my users will access this website
do i need sharepoint cals for all my users even if they are not really using sharepoint?
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no.. only for people using SharePoint concurrently. However, if you have a license agreement for Office, all your cals, including SharePoint are in there. So all Office users are usually licensed.

Here's the breakdown, straight from the source:

http://products.office.com/en-us/sharepoint/sharepoint-licensing-overview
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so office includes a shrepoint cal?
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by:Montoya
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that is, if you have a CAL agreement (volume licensing w/ Microsoft)

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/client-access-license.aspx
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by:dougdog
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if i didnt have office cals and users were only accessing a intranet site for information
would i need sharepoint cals
where in that doc does it say sharepoint is included with office?
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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You will need Standard sharepoint CALS for each internal user. Unless you are using an enterprise option then you require standard and enterprise cals.

Please read the document originally referenced
http://products.office.com/en-us/sharepoint/sharepoint-licensing-overview
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by:Keith Alabaster
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Although you are only using this for hosting a web solution and despite some movement recently from MS on licensing models, the concept still exists that an internal user using an internal SharePoint implementation requires the server to be licensed based upon its purpose i.e. standard or enterprise features deployed on the SP system, and user/device cals for each user that will access the system. The fact that you have only deployed some web pages (was SharePoint really the right solution?) doesn't come into play.
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