I was wondering if someone could please confirm that my understanding of the following is correct:

The assembly 'Microsoft.office.word.server' is part of the 'Word Automation Services' service, which is not available as part of SharePoint 2013 Foundation.

Currently I am supporting a SharePoint 2013 Foundation environment on Windows Server 2012 where this error is being received when trying to use a 3rd party add-on (not installed by myself). The add-on developer have told us to install the assembly, however I don't believe this is possible.

Is it possible to confirm if my understanding of this is correct, that would be great.

Thanks :)

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That is correct. Word Automation Services is a SharePoint Server feature included in Standard and Enterprise.

The vendor is asking you to violate the license.

  • Thanks for confirming my understanding Trevor.
    – Adam13Hylo
    Aug 5, 2020 at 8:28

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