One of the most popular software developers around has confirmed that it is dropping Windows 7 support for its Adobe Creative Cloud line of design applications.
In fact, the suite of apps will actually drop support for a number of other versions of the operating system, including Windows 8 and some versions of Windows 10. The company has also waved goodbye to a version of macOS, while it was at it.
All this was announced by Adobe on its blog, where the firm confirmed that it was taking the party to newer versions of the popular operating platforms:
“To take advantage of the latest operating system features and technologies, the next major release of Creative Cloud will not support Windows 8.1, Windows 10 v1511 and v1607, and Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan).”
While security is obviously to be one of the primary reasons for this shift, Adobe also wants to leverage the latest features available on newer versions of the OS for its Creative Cloud line of programs.
“Focusing our efforts on more modern versions of Windows and Mac operating systems allows us to concentrate on developing the features and functionality most requested by members while ensuring peak performance that takes advantage of modern hardware. Visit this site for detailed information on current Creative Cloud app system requirements.”
Even though it means that those that still rely on Windows 7 for their design needs, may have to plan a move to Windows 10 sooner than they prefer.
And while Microsoft is still supporting, and plans to support, Windows 7 with the necessary security updates, other developers have started to slowly move away from the old operating system as its retirement date approaches.
Speaking of dates, there is no clear outline for when Adobe will pull the plug.
But it will continue to offer some of the programs in its suite to users on older OS. Software like Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator and InDesign are in the safe zone, but Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition and more are not.
All in a good day’s work!