Four years ago this week I presented a session at the Gartner ITAM, Finance and Procurement summit reference the vendor driven push to subscription license models, quoting both Mark Twain and Monty Python, pointing to the ongoing availability of perpetual models. In 2020, changes afoot can no longer described ‘Tis but a scratch’ even The Black Night may admit the perpetual horizon is drawing closer for Workplace software offerings amid a seemingly inevitable switch to subscription!
Earlier this year Citrix announced a retirement of perpetual licensing programs for a series of products to take effect at the end of this quarter. Citrix is a broadly utilized workplace solution, arguably more significant however is the announcement this week that Microsoft will be releasing 2021 editions of its on premises Office server applications in a subscription only model.
Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, Skype for Business Server and Project Server will be available in the second half of 2021, and are only available with the purchase of a subscription license
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