Autodesk has announced that as of next year all new commercial licenses for most Autodesk Design & Creation Suites and individual products will be available via subscription only.
The change is set to take effect on 31st July 2016 where Autodesk will provide new, simplified subscription options to allow customers to access multiple products and share licenses while gaining the simplicity, accessibility, and flexibility of subscription.
The move is part of the company's wider plan to phase out perpetual licenses for its software products. Autodesk says the idea behind the transition is to provide a simplified customer experience, lower upfront cost and the ability to pay-as-you-go for Autodesk products and cloud services. Subscriptions will be available in multi-year, annual, quarterly or monthly terms.
“The way we design and make things is changing: every industry is being disrupted by changes in production, demand and products,” Andrew Anagnost, Autodesk senior vice president of Industry Strategy & Marketing, explained. “Autodesk is embracing this new norm and evolving our business so that customers can thrive in theirs. Giving customers the flexibility to subscribe to software solutions that precisely match their needs best positions them to compete in this new era.”
Earlier this year, Autodesk communicated that it will stop selling perpetual licenses of most individual products after January 31, 2016, with new licenses for these products available as subscriptions. Moving Autodesk Design & Creation Suites to an entirely subscription-based offering represents the next step in this shift.
Autodesk will offer a choice of simplified subscription plans tailored to the needs of individuals, teams or enterprises. Customers will be able to purchase individual or shared subscriptions to gain access to individual products or a portfolio of products with the option of single user licensing or shared network licensing.
Those who purchase a perpetual license of Autodesk Design & Creation Suites and affected products prior to July 31, 2016, will continue to own and have full usage rights for those licenses, and customers on Maintenance for those perpetual licenses will continue to receive corresponding benefits for as long as they continue to renew their Maintenance.