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Adobe Discontinuing Access to Older Versions of Photoshop and Lightroom

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Moving forward, Creative Cloud subscribers will only have access to the two most recent version of the software according to a blog post from the company.

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Explaining their decision, the company writes: “Focusing our efforts on the latest two major releases of Creative Cloud applications, which the vast majority of Adobe customers are already using, will further enable us to develop the features and functionality most requested by customers and ensure peak performance and benefits across Windows and Mac operating systems. Business customers in need of an older version of a Creative Cloud application should contact their IT Administrator to see if one is available.”

That probably really stinks for people running older systems but shouldn’t affect a lot of people.

The reason cited for the change in policy is due to the supposed “benefits” of the subscriber model, according to Adobe.

In their words, a subscription “offers numerous benefits, including frequent product updates with new features and capabilities, critical bug fixes and important security updates. We recommend all customers use the latest release of Creative Cloud for optimal performance and benefits.”

Of course, as many people are pointing out, this comes right after the company announced a price increase for its subscription fee.

At first, it was rumored to be nothing more than a test but it seems to be rolling out as a permanent price increase. You get the same app access but a marked increase in storage – 1TB to be exact. Still, the rumored price change hasn't been popular among consumers.

As we said in the last article, it's just another reminder of the bygone days where you actually owned a program instead of just subscribed to it. A simpler time to live, indeed.

What do you think? Do you use older versions of Photoshop and Lightroom?

Let us know what you think of Adobe’s changes in the comments.

Update: Someone from Adobe told us that the price increase was just a test. They sent us the following: “From time to time, we run tests on which cover a range of items, including plan options that may or may not be presented to all visitors to Tests on run for limited times. In this case, the test was concluded.”

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