SharePoint Foundation 2016 What’s the alternative?

In this hint, I’ll show What’re the alternatives for SharePoint Foundation 2016?

SharePoint Foundation 2016 alternative

Since SharePoint 2007, we can get a free SharePoint Edition that includes the core functionality and fewer features than the commercial edition.

For Example,

  • In SharePoint 2007,
    • There is a free edition called WSS that stand for Windows SharePoint Service,
    • A commercial edition called MOSS that stand for Microsoft SharePoint Server.
  • Also, in SharePoint 2010 / 2013,
    • There is a free edition called SharePoint Foundation.
    • A commercial edition called SharePoint Server.

So it was expected that the SharePoint 2016 will walk along the same lines. but unfortunately based on the following official Microsoft article and other articles.

SharePoint Foundation 2016 is no longer available in the SharePoint Server 2016 release.

So in your opinion, What’re the alternatives for SharePoint Foundation 2016?

Let’s consider the SharePoint Server 2016 has a SharePoint Foundation 2016 with the core functionality but all the new features will be only available in SharePoint Server 2016 Edition as was the case in the previous SharePoint 2013 release,

So Why not continue to use the SharePoint Foundation 2013 as a free version? Especially, All the new features will be only available for the commercial edition.

On the other side, some people maybe said we need to explore the new features of SharePoint 2016 with a free edition. in this case, SharePoint 2016 provide you a trail version for (180 days) 6 months using the following trial keys based on your selected edition:

  • Enterprise trial product key: NQGJR-63HC8-XCRQH-MYVCH-3J3QR
  • Standard trial product key: RTNGH-MQRV6-M3BWQ-DB748-VH7DM

Note: You can’t use the SharePoint trail version in a production environment.

Also, you should be aware of

After the SharePoint trial period has expired, You will not be able to extend the evaluation period, you should provide a SharePoint product key via Central Administration. For walkthroughs check Extend SharePoint Trial Period

MSDN subscription is also another option to use SharePoint 2016 as a free edition with the full functionality. 

If you are working for a company that has MSDN subscription, you will be able to use SharePoint 2016 for free for development purposes. but remember you can’t use it in a production environment.

So In my opinion, There are three alternatives for SharePoint Foundation 2016 as the following:

  1. Continue using SharePoint Foundation 2013.
  2. Using 6 months valid trail version for SharePoint 2016.
  3. If your company has MSDN subscription, you will be able to use SharePoint 2016 for free for development purposes.

If there are other alternatives for SharePoint Foundation 2016, Please don’t hesitate to provide us with your SharePoint Foundation 2016 alternatives in comments.

Enjoy 🙂

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7 thoughts on “SharePoint Foundation 2016 What’s the alternative?

  1. The only free SharePoint Foundation alternative (now that it’s been decided that SharePoint Foundation 2016 won’t be available) is Bitrix24.


  2. Running a trial, having MSDN subscription or using a previous (and possibly soon to be unsupported) version are NO alternatives to 2016 free version….
    Alternative is something that you can actually use the way you use the product your replacing, so also in production….

    A shame that there is no free version anymore…


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