AutoDesk Ends Perpetual Licenses
AutoDesk ends perpetual licenses with its next software release of AutoDesk design products, boo hoo! Basically most software providers are moving to a repeating subscription fee that allows them to cash in perpetually on revenue! Gone are the days when you can buy software and use it for 20 years. Adobe does this with all its design products. Microsoft Office is now offered by monthly subscription also. For the single consumer, the Adobe and Microsoft products remain sort of affordable, at about $20/mo for Adobe and $7/mo for Microsoft Office.
The good news is that if you already have a perpetual license for a product, then you can keep it; it won’t expire. It probably won’t be supported for so long, but at least you will still be able to use your software without having to pay recurring fees. And for perpetual licenses with active maintenance, you will continue to receive updates to your existing software version along with other benefits for as long as you continue to renew your maintenance subscription on time.
These changes become effective on January 31, 2016, so the changes will apply to the 2017 release of Inventor, AutoCAD and all the other design products from AutoDesk. Why is AutoDesk doing this? They say that “Autodesk will be able to provide new, simplified subscription options that allow you to flexibly subscribe to software solutions that precisely match your needs.”
Which individual products and suites are impacted?
To learn which individual products and suites are impacted by this change, visit www.autodesk.com/products/perpetual-licenses. You can also contact your local Autodesk Authorized Reseller or Autodesk sales representative to find out how this impacts you.
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