Important considerations for an upgrade from SharePoint Server 2016 to 2019 or Subscription Edition

In recent weeks we had a couple of discussions with customers planning to upgrade from SharePoint Server 2016 to SharePoint Server 2019.

What was interesting to hear was that some customers were not aware that SharePoint Server 2016 and 2019 will both reach end of support on the same day: July 14th, 2026

As SharePoint Server 2016 can be directly upgraded to SharePoint Server Subscription Editon (unlike earlier versions where it was unsupported to skip an intermediate product version) upgrading from SharePoint Server 2016 to SharePoint Server Subscription Edition is not more complex as upgrading to SharePoint Server 2019.

Also keep in mind that SharePoint Server 2019 will reach end of mainstream support next year in January – just 6 months from now. After this date only security related fixes will be released.

Planning a migration from SharePoint Server 2016 to 2019 would require a very good reasoning which would not include the support lifecycle.

The general recommendation is to plan upgrades for SharePoint Server 2016 to Subscription Edition rather than SharePoint Server 2019.



  1. Thank you for sharing this! My first thought that came to my mind is, will the support for SP2019 remain the same after Jan 9, 2024? Will there be any changes after that date (until EOL of course)?


    1. Hi Rickard,
      in detail this can only be answered on a case-by-case basis.
      The general rule is that as long as the issue can be resolve through config changes the support experience will be the same.
      Issues caused by a problem in the product would result in an ask to upgrade to SharePoint Server Subscription Edition.
      Hope that helps.


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