As we previously reported, Autodesk has announced perpetual licensing changes for Australia and New Zealand.
A perpetual license is acquired via a one-off purchase that generally allows the customer to use the software indefinitely.
A subscription allows the use of the software for a term, e.g. annually. Less upfront investment is required than that of a perpetual license.
Autodesk is moving from perpetual licenses, to a subscription-only model. This will commence with the AutoCAD LT family of products from 7 June, 2015.
In the second phase of this transition, new seats of individual desktop software products (excluding Design and Creation Suites), will generally be available only as a Desktop Subscription after 31 January, 2016.
If you need additional perpetual licenses of AutoCAD LT family products, you have until 7 June 2015 to purchase them.
After this date, these products will only be available for purchase with a term-based, Desktop Subscription, which gives you the ability to pay-as-you-go.
If you have a perpetual license purchased before 7 June, 2015, that license doesn’t go away. You will still retain the perpetual license to that software and can continue to use it in accordance with the applicable license agreement.