As a gist, the new SQL Server 2012 will have a new set of editions:
– Standard – will be the new basic version
– Enterprise
– Business Intelligence
– Developer
(no more DataCenter, Workgroup and Standard for Small Business)

For licensing, Microsoft is doing away with per processor licensing – but replacing this with per core licensing (licenses to be sold in 2-core packs). And for a VM, you pay for virtual cores.

Cost breakdown nicely explained and tabulated by Glenn Berry here:

Find the official transcript here:

Link for Licensing Options for SQL Server 2012:

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