I’m not sure if you have noticed, but when you install SQL Server 2016 Evaluation Edition you are offered to install one of the following free editions – Evaluation, Developer or Express.
This raises the question why would you want to use Evaluation Edition?
- Evaluation Edition has a 180 day expiration while Developer Edition has no expiration:
- Developer Edition has the same supported version upgrade paths as Evaluation Edition:
- As per Developer Edition, the Evaluation Edition licensing indicates that Production workloads are not permitted:
Now there may be a good reason(s) to use Evaluation Edition instead of Developer Edition to get you going, but I just can’t think of any at this stage.
Don’t ask why ‘SQL Server 2016 Business Intelligence’ is showing as an option :) Possibly it will be revived in some form as an upgrade path for existing SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence users.