Important news for any Adobe Creative Cloud users – the tech giant is discontinuing a number of older OS and Windows features in its next major update, essentially forcing users to update their operating systems in order to continue using the software.
Where Windows is concerned, support will be dropped for Windows 8.1, and if you’re using Windows 10, you’ll be required to update to at least version 1703 (the “Creators Update”). If you’re using a Mac, support ends if you haven’t upgraded beyond Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan).
They say both new and old versions of the Creative Cloud app will continue to run. Users of Windows 8.1, Windows 10 v1511/v1607 and Mac OS 10.11 can continue to use and install current and previous versions of Creative Cloud applications. However, you will not be able to update to the next major release of Creative Cloud unless you’re on one of the aforementioned supported version of Windows or MacOS – meaning essentially you would be paying a subscription fee and not getting your money’s worth of updates until you cave and upgrade to a new operating system. The justification from Adobe is that it will allow users to “take advantage of the latest operating system features and technologies.”
The announcement is likely to irritate many, due to the required versions being only 18 months old for Windows, and two years for Mac.
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