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Autodesk perpetual licenses will be discontinued on April 12th

As you may know, Autodesk announced last year that they will be discontinuing perpetual licenses in 2016. As such, the Autodesk donation program will no longer distribute perpetual licenses for Autodesk products after April 12th, 2016.

If your organization qualifies for the Autodesk donations program, grab a perpetual license before April 12th. After this date, Autodesk products in TechSoup Canada’s catalogue will gradually transition to annual subscriptions.

Why are perpetual licenses being discontinued?

In 2015, Autodesk has announced that their products will gradually transition to subscription options only -- this includes both donated licenses and commercial licenses. 

"Our customers have long asked for greater flexibility and more value from their software investments”, said Andrew Anagnost, Autodesk senior vice president of Industry Strategy & Marketing. “The shift to subscription allows Autodesk to deliver both, as well as an improved user experience and easier access to a broader portfolio of technology”

Autodesk is transitioning to subscription-based products in order to offer customers a lower entry price, greater choice of tools, and the ability to pay-as-you-go. With its shift away from selling perpetual rights to using a specific version of software, Autodesk plans to continually innovate and improve its products & services, more tightly integrate them with cloud services, allow access from multiple devices at any time, make them easier to deploy and manage, and reduce file compatibility issues.

But why is it being removed from TechSoup Canada now?

While all perpetual licenses will be discontinued on July 31, 2016,  the end-of-sale of perpetual licensing went into effect globally on February 1, 2016. Autodesk partners, such as TechSoup Canada, are also asked to transition to subscription models before the July deadline in order to help Autodesk make the larger transition smoother.

Autodesk has prepared a FAQ to help address questions about this transition, including “Is this a global change?”, “Why is Autodesk discontinuing some perpetual licenses?” and more. Please refer to Autodesk’s Perpetual License FAQ if your organization has more questions about this change.

Important things to know about perpetual licenses

  • You can continue to use your perpetual licenses for as long as you want.
  • You will receive updates along with additional benefits, such as Technical Support, Global Travel Rights, and Previous Version Rights, as long as your licenses are on a maintenance plan.
  • You can simplify your software management by adding new perpetual licenses to your existing maintenance plan.

If you have more questions about this change, please contact Autodesk by using the customer service form on their perpetual license page.