Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, is ending sale of AutoCAD®licensing model. Effective January 31, 2016, Autodesk will discontinue selling new, perpetual (standalone or network) licenses of most standalone products and transition AutoCAD® products to subscription only. AutoCAD®, is the flagship product of Autodesk. The subscription model will allow greater flexibility as Autodesk is offering consumers ways to align the software according to individual/business needs along with low-cost trials and multiple machine/device access and immediate cloud access.
Pankaj Gauba, Country Manager Channels, India & SAARC, said ¨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.¨ New licenses for these products will be available for multi-year, annual and quarterly terms. Active maintenance subscription agreements on previously purchased perpetual licenses will continue to be renewable. In the first phase of transition, new seats of most standalone desktop software products will generally be available only as a desktop subscription beginning February 1, 2016. This will have significant benefits for all stakeholders including the channel partners and customers as well as individual and small and medium businesses.