Maintenance to Subscription

Autodesk are offering customers with active maintenance plans the option to switch to a subscription.

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Over the past few years, Autodesk has been transitioning to a subscription only licensing model. From the introduction of term based subscription licences to the discontinuation of new perpetual purchases, the latest milestone in Autodesk's move to one model is to offer its maintenance plan customers the option to switch to a subscription.


What does this mean?

You can choose to switch your Autodesk maintenance plan to a subscription when your renewal is due (90 days before expiration). You will essentially agree to stop using your current maintenance entitlement and will gain access to products and services under the Autodesk subscription model. 

The switch to subscription, in many cases, will be for less than your maintenance renewal, providing you switch to the same product mix - multi-user costs may initially be higher (contact us for details).

You can switch to the same product or move to an Industry Collection: The Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection; The Product Design and Manufacturing Collection; or The Media and Entertainment Collection

You will continue to use your existing maintenance products and benefits until the day after your renewal date - at which time your new Autodesk subscription offerings become available. 

What are my options?

All customers with active maintenance plans will have three options when their renewal is due:

  1. Renew your maintenance plan
  2. Switch your products to subscription
  3. Upgrade to an Industry Collection

What do I need to know?

You can read the full FAQ via the link below, but to get started, here are some important points:

  • Maintenance plan costs have increased beyond the cost to switch over the past few years - meaning it is more expensive to renew your maintenance plan.
  • Autodesk have announced a price roadmap for switched customers: 5% increase every other year until 2028 after the initial price lock (if switched before May 2019).

New option for Switched Customers

If you have already switched to a subscription on an annual term, Autodesk are enabling customers to renew on a 3-year basis, a new option not previously available and still not an option for non-switched renewals. This will extend your price lock in period (if switched before May 7th 2019) as well as benefitting from a 10% 3-year discount.


Maintenance plan renewals - Set to increase 10% in 2018 and 20% in 2019. Maintenance plans can only be renewed on an annual term (multi-year not available).


Switch to a subscription - The price to switch will "lock-in" for three years (three annual renewal terms) if you switch before May 2019. After this, prices will increase 5% every other year until 2028.


New subscriptions - The cost of new Autodesk subscriptions will continue to be higher than maintenance plans switched to subscription.


Year four and beyond - We expect an increase of approximately 15% in year four. Switched subscriptions will continue to cost less than purchasing new subscriptions.

*Price "lock-in" subject to exchange rate and currency fluctuations
*Represents single-user licence access
This diagram is for illustrative purposes only - please contact us to discuss your unique requirements

  • The term you select is the term you must renew at moving forward (update: see "New options for switched customers")
  • Multi-user licences must update their licence file at time of renewal.
  • Select your product carefully (like for like or move to a Collection) as this cannot be changed once switched.
  • You can switch for an annual or multi-year term
  • You cannot change your user access when switching (for example, single-user to multi-user)

Read the full FAQs here:


Switch to an Industry Collection

You can switch eligible individual products to an Industry Collection at a discounted price. 
The cost will represent the most comparable maintenance plan product renewal cost. So switching to an AEC Collection will carry the same cost as the Building Design Suite Premium maintenance plan renewal (single-user, multi-user licences carry an additional 30% - Effective November 7th 2017).

As an example, moving an AutoCAD maintenance plan to an AEC Collection


Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection
architecture-engineering-construction-collection-badge-1024px.jpg   Contains: AutoCAD, Revit, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Navisworks Manage, 3ds Max and more.
Full details here
Product Design Collection
architecture-engineering-construction-collection-badge-1024px.jpg   Contains: AutoCAD, Inventor Professional, AutoCAD Mechanical and more.
Full details here
Media & Entertainment Collection
architecture-engineering-construction-collection-badge-1024px.jpg   Contains: 3ds Max, Maya, Motionbuilder and more.
Full details here



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