What is the difference between perpetual and rental licenses?

  Perpetual License Rental License
License duration Perpetual Annual or monthly
Support (Monday to Friday 9:00-18:00 EET/EEST) Included for current and previous major versions Included during the rental license period
Access to new minor versions/service packs* Free Free, included during the rental license period
Access to new major versions/service packs** Paid Free, included during the rental license period
Floating or network license  Yes  Yes 
USB dongle or online licensing (OLS) OLS  Yes  Yes 

 

* Minor updates include service packs and bug fixes denoted by an increment to the right side of the decimal point in the version number, such as 3.1 or 3.7.

** Major version upgrades are denoted by an increment to the left of the decimal point, or a new product name, such as 2.x, 3.x or Next. We generally release major new versions every 24 months, and they include significant new features and additional functionality.