Permanent personal licenses only available until end of 2020
August 10, 2020
Since the introduction of personal licenses in July 2014, quite a lot of customers have sent us questions regarding the difference between a permanent personal license and an academic single license. In fact, both are permanent licenses that are valid for installation on one PC and are available for our software packages Diamond, Endeavour and Match!, but there is a significant price difference: 299 EUR vs. 599 EUR.
As you may remember, the main difference is that the personal license is only available to individuals, while the single license is available for all academic organization customers.
However, according to our experience it is often difficult to clearly distinguish between these two types of customers. For example, we have received quite a lot of purchasing requests by individuals who wanted to purchase a personal license with funds she/he got as a donation from an academic foundation or similar.
In the end, we came to the conclusion that we want to avoid these difficulties in the future, by introducing a clearer separation between personal licenses for individuals (which are time-limited) and licenses for institutions (which are permanent). As a result, permanent personal licenses will no longer be available after the end of 2020.
We wanted to announce this change to our licensing policy early enough to give mutual customers interested in a permanent personal license enough time to purchase one. Hence, we will continue to sell permanent personal licenses until the end of the year (December 31, 2020).
Starting on January 1, 2021, permanent personal licenses for Diamond, Endeavour and Match! will no longer be available as new licenses.
Customers who already own a permanent personal license for Match! by that time will of course still be able to purchase extensions of their update permission time in the future. The same applies to customers who own a permanent personal license for Diamond 4, due to which they will get the update to Diamond 5 free-of-charge.
Of course, individuals are still welcome to purchase a permanent license for their own private use; they can benefit from our corresponding 50% discount for academic and other non-profit organizations then.