Frequently Asked Questions: Autodesk’s Subscription Transition Program

Beginning June 2017, Autodesk is providing a cost-effective way to switch your current maintenance licenses to subscription, should you choose.  The program that Autodesk has developed is designed to help you realize the value of subscription, without increasing costs.

Each organization will approach this program differently, and we’ve put together the following frequently asked questions. For specific questions, email us at, have someone contact you, or reach out to your account representative.

1. What does Moving to One Model mean?

Over the past few years, Autodesk has announced its plans to move to a subscription model – where users subscribe to the products they need for the length of time they need them. While you can continue to renew your current perpetual licenses, all new licenses sold will be subscriptions, and Autodesk’s program provides a way to switch all your licenses to subscription if you’d like.

2. When my maintenance renewal comes up, what are my options?

  • Switch your individual product on maintenance to a subscription of the same product
  • Switch your individual product or suite on maintenance to an industry collection subscription
  • Renew your maintenance plan for one year. You will continue to be able to renew your maintenance plan on an annual basis

3. What if my licenses are up for renewal before the transition program launches in June?

If you want to switch to a subscription and your renewal falls after April 15, 2017, and before the program launches, you can renew your maintenance for 3 months, which would allow the contract to renew again after the switch program goes live in June.  You could then switch to the subscription model at that time.  Should you choose not to extend until June, then you can renew your maintenance contract as-is for another year, and then re-evaluate again next year.  Please note the price to switch will be 5% higher next year.

4. How do I figure out whether it’s better for my organization to stay on maintenance or move to subscription?

That’s where we come in. We can review your current Autodesk licenses, take your current needs and business goals into account, and lay out the options for you. Just get in touch with your account rep to schedule the call or meeting.

5. When do I need to decide whether to switch to subscription?

You’ll want to review your options well in advance of your renewal date, to have a decision by renewal time. It’s very important to keep all of your licenses current on either maintenance or subscription, so do not let your licenses expire. Contact us at if you are not sure when your licenses expire.

6. What if my organization is not ready to move to subscription now?

You do not have to switch to subscription. You are still able to renew your maintenance plan on an annual basis, with the opportunity to switch to subscription in the future. However, the discount offered to switch to subscription will be reduced in 2018 and 2019.

7. What are the benefits to switching to subscription?

  • Latest and greatest product capabilities – Get access to Autodesk’s ongoing stream of innovation, updates to core products, cloud services for desktop products, and additional capabilities as soon as they’re available, at no additional cost
  • Access to new Industry Collections – Available only through subscription, you’ll realize significant savings when you move from an individual product to the AEC Industry Collection. Simplified administration – Access tools that streamline deployment and software management when you standardize all of your Autodesk products on subscription.
  • Transitioning to subscription will be more cost-effective over time.

8. What are my options if I want to switch from maintenance to subscription?



An individual product

The same individual product or an industry collection

An individual LT product

The same individual LT product or LT suite

A Design & Creation Suite

An industry collection

An LT Suite

An LT Suite

9. How much will it cost to switch from maintenance to subscription?

In many cases, if you switch now, the discounted price of your subscription will be equal to that of your maintenance renewal price. If you choose to wait and move to subscription after 2017, the incentive to switch will decrease by 5% in 2018, and another 5% in 2019. You’ll receive the biggest cost-savings by switching now.

10. How can I learn more about the Transition Program?