There are many new features introduced in SQLServer 2012, but 5 of them or most important.
2.Rapid Data Exploration
5.Credible, consistent Data
SQLServer 2012 Licensing
From SQL Server 2012, a new licensing model introduced i.e. core-based licensing. Only enterprise and Standard will be available under this licensing. To license a physical server, you must license all the cores in the server, with a minimum of 4 core for each processor in the server.
Please refer below link for SQLServer 2012 Licensing Overview
SQLServer 2012 Editions
SQLServer introduced new edition called “Business Intelligence”. Please see the below link for Editions and SQLServer 2012 capabilities.
SQLServer 2012 enable mission-critical environment with maximum uptime and data availability. You can achieve greater availability using Synchronous or Asynchronous data movement. Please check below link for detailed info.
SQLServer 2012 Overview
SQLServer 2012 is a cloud ready platform and you can quickly build solution based up on your organization needs. Please see the blow link for overview.
Download SQLServer 2012
SQLServer 2012 RC0 is here and you can download using below link.