SharePoint Foundation 2010 – What is it and What do you need to use it?

By Namwar Rizvi - Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2009 - Save & Share - 5 Comments

In the upcoming version of SharePoint i.e. SharePoint 2010, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 has been evolved and got a new name called “SharePoint Foundation (SF)”. This will align it more to other Microsoft technologies like Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF).

SF extends the feature set offered by WSS 3.0 . It provides you a platform with right tools to build your collaborative web sites. Microsoft has published a paper to describe the business value of having SF 2010. You can read the paper here.

As expected, Microsoft has designed SF2010 for 64bit systems only. There is no 32 bit version of it. Following is the basic requirements list to install SF 2010 as described by Microsoft in the paper mentioned above:


  • Windows Server® 2008 64-bit operating system with SP2 or later, OR Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit
  • Microsoft SQL Server® 2005 64-bit with SP2, SQL Server 2005 Express 64-bit, SQL Server 2008 64-bit or SQL Server 2008 Express 64-bit
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 with SP1 installed


Level 1 Internet browser options for Windows:
  • Windows Internet Explorer® 7 32-bit
  • Windows Internet Explorer 8 32-bit
  • Firefox 3.x 32-bit
Level 2 Internet browser options:
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7 64-bit
  • Windows Internet Explorer 8 64-bit
  • Firefox 3.x on non-Windows operating system
  • Safari 3.x


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5 Responses to “SharePoint Foundation 2010 – What is it and What do you need to use it?”

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Time November 6, 2009 at 9:03 am

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Comment from techwoo
Time January 10, 2010 at 3:32 pm

SharePoint Foundation 2010 – What is it and What do you need to use it? .Thanks for nice post.I added to my twitter.

Comment from Nicholas Cole
Time June 7, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Another thing to note is that you can also run SP Server on windows 7 or vista sp1 or greater in development mode. There are some additional steps that are needed to do this, but it is possible.

Comment from alvisbond
Time February 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

how many users can supprt for sharepoint 2010 foundation? is it good for 300 users

Comment from rian
Time March 27, 2012 at 7:55 am

I did not get the standard workflows with Sharepoint designer and I need the custom approval workflow. Where can I get it?

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