Adobe has officially announced that the going forward, upcoming Photoshop photo editing softwares versions will not be compatible with Microsoft Windows XP operating system. The current iteration, Photoshop CS6 version 13.0 will be the last version of the photo editing software that will work on the 11 year old Microsoft Windows operating system.
Explaining why Adobe made the decision, Adobe Product Manager Tom Hogarty said the following in Adobe’s official blog:
“Leveraging advances available on newer operating systems and hardware allows us to deliver significantly better performance, and focus our innovation efforts around the areas of the greatest benefit to our customers.”
“Photoshop CS6 already demonstrates that relying on a modern operating system, graphics cards/GPUs and graphics drivers can lead to substantial improvements in 3D, Blur Gallery and Lighting Effect features not available to Windows XP customers. The team hopes that by providing this information early it will help you understand our current decisions around operating system support and where we we’re headed with future releases of Photoshop. We encourage all customers who are currently using Windows XP to begin making their migration plans now so they can fully take advantage of future Photoshop innovations as soon as they are available.”
The lack of support will extend to future upgrades as well, even updates to Creative Cloud members using Windows XP will be stopped. Creative Cloud members enjoy updates from Adobe even before they are released officially, including features that will are meant to be introduced with CS7. Hence, these updates will not work on Windows XP.
This is not the first Adobe product to lose Windows XP compatibility, however. Adobe Lightroom 4, a professional photography tool, no longer offers support for Windows XP either.
Windows XP is Microsoft’s highest selling and the most popular operating system till date and even after a period of 11 years, the operating system is still going strong, thanks to three service packs which brought with them timely upgrades. However, Microsoft announcement to stop support for the old OS in a couple of years, coupled with the launch of the radically different Windows 8 will mean Windows XP will slowly but surely come to rest soon.