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    Default Autodesk maintenance plan going away - only subscription in the future

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    Anyone else get the letter from Autodesk telling you the maintenance plan is being phased out with prices for the next 3 years going up through 2019? The implication is that in 2020 you won't be able to keep a permanent license current so companies will have to go on yearly subscription or get off the upgrade train.

    I know the program is good enough and has been for a long time and I will keep the permanent license and just not get anymore upgrades. I should be out of the game by 2021 anyway so the timing is perfect.
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    Yes. Received a similar email this past Thursday. Not sure what we will do yet.
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    I do not believe there is any force being used, other than financial, to move users from perpetual to rental.

    The letter is here: https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/movin...e/td-p/6916135
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    While we have four licenses (two-full ACAD, one-LT and one-Electrical) only two are on subscription and one of those, Electrical, will probably be dropped.
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    I can see making the switch if the 60% discount can be my fixed price going forward (from the linked page). I have 2 copies of Design Suite Premium and 1 copy of Infrastructure Design Suite Premium and 6 LT. I can drop the IDSP and move the 2 DSP to the new A/E/C Collection and get the software we had in the IDSP. It would almost be a wash in price if I can get the discount going forward. I've put in this question to my re-seller. We'll see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkmcswain View Post
    I do not believe there is any force being used, other than financial, to move users from perpetual to rental.

    The letter is here: https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/movin...e/td-p/6916135
    I never said anyone was being forced, for now there is still a choice to keep perpetual and pay a lot more each year for the upgrade. Since they state they are a company moving to subscription only, the implication is pretty clear that in 2020 or so everyone will have to move to subscription or jump off the upgrade train and keep the perpetual license.
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    From Steve Johnson's blog:
    http://www.blog.cadnauseam.com/2017/...e-hike-part-1/

    You will have to replace the **** in the link with the relevant letters which have been blocked by the forum software.


    There's also a great post by Bertrand Benoit in this thread:
    https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/movin...t/true#M132217

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    My favorite piece of BS so far......

    "Because managing two business models (subscription and maintenance plans) is costly,..."

    Poor little dears
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    Quote Originally Posted by f700es View Post
    My favorite piece of BS so far......

    "Because managing two business models (subscription and maintenance plans) is costly,..."

    Poor little dears
    Yeah, no kidding.

    So here's a wild and crazy idea. Instead of getting rid of the maintenance plans and locking all their loyal customers into costly subscriptions that they can never escape from, why don't they dump the subscription BS and just keep on with the maintenance plans?
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    Whoa, Rod! Your going to have to keep those 'crazy' ideas to your self man. How is AutoDesk supposed to survive with that business model?
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