Future Photoshop editions to offer features not supported by XP.
If you like myself, still have a Windows XP machine lying around, then things are about to get a little bit upsetting.
In a weekend blog post, Adobe announced that Photoshop CS6 will be the last version to support Windows XP. Future versions of Photoshop will include advanced features that apparently XP will be unable to support. “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.”
Adobe Photoshop already ditched support for Windows Vista, though users are still technically able to install the program, but if they face any issues they won’t get any help from Adobe. Given that future versions of Photoshop will rely on GPU acceleration and advanced lighting techniques, which might be a bit too complicated for the humble likes of Windows XP.