So. Farewell then Autodesk upgrades. On 1 February 2015, Autodesk will discontinue upgrade purchase options for all non-current product versions. So if you want to stay on the most current releases, you’ll need to make sure you’re up to date with an Autodesk subscription.
Purchasing one of these is the most cost-effective way to stay current and competitive in today’s market – as a subscription customer, you’ll continue to receive enhanced value and services, including automatic upgrades to new releases, support, flexible licensing and access to select additional Autodesk 360 cloud services. Sounds alright, doesn’t it?
This change will affect all Autodesk products (excluding creative Finishing Products). Currently, you can upgrade up to six releases back to the newest version but, after 1 February 2015, this option will no longer be available. You will still be able to crossgrade to a higher value product from a current release – for example cross grade to Maya to an Entertainment Creation Suite or from AutoCAD to Design Suite. After this deadline, anyone with a non-current perpetual licence will be able to keep using it indefinitely (however it will not be upgradeable).
So what do I need to do?
If you have a perpetual licence and keep your subscription up to date, then this change will not affect you. If you’ve let your subscription lapse or you’ve purchased within the last year and didn’t take out a subscription, then adding or doing a late renewal to get it back up to date will usually be the best option for you.
If you’re running a previous version (up to six releases back) then it maybe time to start budgeting for and upgrade with a subscription. Also, if you’re adding any new seats, we’d strongly recommend taking out your subscription at the same time to ensure you get access to future releases.
The change won’t come into effect until Feb 2015, so there’s still time to consider options and budget for any necessary upgrades or subscription add-ons. To aid you in this, Autodesk are offering customers up to 30% off the cost of upgrades until 24 April. For customers who find that a perpetual licence with subscription isn’t right for them, Autodesk do now offer rental licences on both a quarterly and annual basis.
If all this sounds like a lot to digest, don’t worry, we’re here to help. Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email autodesk@Jigsaw24.com to talk through your options and any promotions you’re entitled to. For all the latest news and tips follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.