Ronza Al-Nouri wrote:
1) Is it a lifelong or a yearly licence?
Get the "Plus" version, which gives you the right to use two licenses simultaneously.
However, eventually you're going to have a computer that it will no longer run on (think of all those Windows 95 programs that you bought with lifelong licenses, but which can't run on Windows 10), or you'll want to work for clients who insist that you use a more recent version of it.
Typically, when you tell clients that you have Trados, you tell them the version number as well. This means that if we eventually have Trados 2029, but you only have Trados 2019, it won't matter too much because the client will know that you have Trados 2019 because you said so.
Trados releases a new version once every 2 or 3 years, but some of the files created with the latest version still works on the version released 6 years ago. Some upgrades are free, but most are sold with a bit of a discount. For example, Trados 2019 new costs about EUR 800, but if you have Trados 2017 you can upgrade to Trados 2019 for about EUR 200, or if you have Trados 2015 you can upgrade to Trados 2019 for about EUR 300. If you have Trados 2014 or Trados 2011 and you want the latest version, you'd have to buy it outright (about EUR 800)
2) My laptop is 5 years old but it still works. Anyway, if it stops to work and I buy a new one, should a buy a new licence?
No. You can continue to use your old license on the new computer (but you must tell the Trados company to reset the license count for you, or you can "return" and get back the license yourself if you know how to do that).
[Edited at 2019-10-13 14:36 GMT]