Last week, Autodesk announced that they will no longer sell perpetual licenses for some products. They will only offer desktop subscription for new seats beyond that date.
This could be a good news. Now with desktop subscription, you can use latest software with relatively small price. Much cheaper than perpetual license + maintenance subscription.
It could be ideal for small and medium companies, as you can also pay for monthly, quarterly or annually to use the license. You could get more licenses near project deadline with a low price.
If you already owned perpetual license, you can keep using it. And also renew your subscription (now they call it maintenance subscription). An interesting point for me in desktop subscription is: Autodesk hasn’t offered the ability to use previous version. In the FAQ, it did say that Autodesk will support it in the future for desktop subscription. I hope this will be available before February 1, 2016.
In 2016, not all products are available as desktop subscription. It will apply to standalone product first. For Autodesk Suites, you will still need to purchase perpetual licenses. No news about network license on desktop subscription either. It could be because this is still in transition period.
What do you think about this change? What are your concern? Do you think this will be good for your business?