Autodesk Moving to One Model

Autodesk has gradually been shifting its business model from selling perpetual licenses and maintenance plans to selling subscriptions: software as a service (SAAS.) Until now perpetual license owners had a choice: “stick with your annual maintenance plan or opt for their new subscription model. Most have stuck with their maintenance plan since the out-of-pocket cost is lower. However in the last couple of weeks Autodesk has made announcements that cause subscription to be the more desirable option.

On February 20, 2017, Autodesk stopped offering multi-year renewals for maintenance plans. Although you will still be able to renew your plan, beginning May 7, 2017, renewal prices will increase 5% beginning May 7th. Prices will increase 10% in 2018, and 20% in 2019.

What does this mean to you the user?

Switching from Maintenance to Subscription

Beginning June 2017, customers with eligible products on maintenance will have the ability to switch to a subscription at the time of renewal for 60% less than the cost of a new subscription. (Subscription costs for those customers switching from a maintenance plan will increase 5% in 2018 and another 5% in 2019.)

When your plan comes up for renewal, you’ll have three options:

  1.  switch your product to the same product on a subscription contract
  2. switch your product to an Industry Collection subscription or
  3. renew your plan for one additional year, at a 5% increase.

Switching your maintenance plan to a subscription requires you to give up your perpetual license for any seats you switch. However, you will not be able to change the status (i.e. from renewal to auto-renew, or multi-user to single-user).

Here are your renewal options:

one model options

Subscription Costs

If you wish to move from maintenance to subscription in 2017, for most software, the subscription cost will be equal to your maintenance plan renewal.  In 2018, the switch cost will increase by 5% and another 5% in 2019. It’s to your advantage to switch early. The earlier you switch, the more you save, and secure your discounted price for up to three years.


Previous Version Use

By switching to a subscription contract from maintenance, you still have the ability to use previous versions. However, it’s best to check with us (or your reseller) to ensure you will have access to the version you wish to use.


The subscription-only software companies are here to stay and Autodesk is coming on board. The tools and technology aren’t changing, just the delivery. Save the most money by switching early.

Please let us know if you have any questions; we’re here to help. Call us at (925) 939-1378 today.

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