Autodesk's Perpetual Products Now Turn Out Subscription-Only

By CIOReview | Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: As informed since a year, Autodesk has now stopped selling perpetual licenses of majority of its individual products from 31st January 2016 and has transformed the AutoCAD products into subscription-only model effective from 31st July 2016. Subscriptions are available in periods like monthly, quarterly, annual, and multi-year to be chosen as per user’s convenience.

“Autodesk is committed to finding solutions that will ease the transition to subscription-based models. Throughout this transition, we will work with our partners and customers to ensure that these changes do not prevent the purchase and use of Autodesk software,” remarks Pankaj Gauba, Country Manager Channels—India & SAARC, Autodesk. Former perpetual products like Autodesk AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD for Mac, AutoCAD LT for Mac, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Electrical, and AutoCAD Mechanical are now available as paid products.

In contrast, the active maintenance subscription deals of the existing licenses can be renewed, without necessarily moving on to the new subscription model. But, when switched to the new model, users can enjoy the latest version updates and tweaks, in addition to extra storage and collaboration capabilities in design and engineering processes. Subscription model has also enhanced customer experience with lucid procedure for software purchase, access and deployment.

The move benefits the company in the form of flexibility, lower cost of entry, quicker updates and better technology. “The way we design and make things is changing: every industry is being disrupted by changes in production, demand and products. 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,” said Andrew Anagnost, Autodesk senior VP of Industry Strategy & Marketing.

Kyle Maxey inks in his article for Engineering site that Autodesk obtains two-fold benefits due to the subscription model—low-price subscriptions are likely to attract users and increase the reach across markets; and flexible subscriptions result in Autodesk capitalizing on individual users or companies for their growing needs.