Photoshop & Windows XP: End of the line

PM Tom Hogarty writes,

The Photoshop team would like to provide advanced notice that Photoshop CS6 (13.0) will be the last major version of Photoshop to support Windows XP. (Photoshop CS6 does not support Windows Vista.) In addition, all subsequent Photoshop feature updates specifically for Creative Cloud members will no longer support Windows XP.

As Tom notes, a number of new features in CS6 (those relying on modern graphics hardware, such as 3D and the new Lighting Effects engine) already weren’t supported on XP.

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.

10 thoughts on “Photoshop & Windows XP: End of the line

  1. I can see XP being dropped but the Vista Platform Update was shipped in 2009 — hardly a long time ago. Why XP and not Vista — simply small market share?

  2. What, your not supporting a 12 years old platform that is already on extended support? This is unacceptable Adobe!
    I am kidding of course. XP is going out for everybody anyway.

  3. Adobe LIES. OpenGL 4.3 is fully support on Nvidia 400/500 and 600 series GPUs on Windows XP.
    XP can support advanced OpenGL 4.3 features, but like Steve Jobs said, Adobe monkeys are LAZY and incompetent.

  4. @Adobe lies – OpenGL support is not the issue – moving to 64bit code will allow for better performance, and I’m guessing it will also simplify the codebase between PC and Mac versions of Photoshop.
    @Anthony – There are still some people using XP, though that is most likely down to it not having broken for them. Pity anyone who has to reinstall the OS – I had to do that a year ago for someone, and the number of patches required to bring it up to date were eye-watering!

  5. XP was built before GPUs were used for anything but fullscreen games. It does not support synchronization of hardware and software windows + has no built in GPU memory virtualization + has no preemption of gpgpu program execution. There is a reason MS decided not to try to support gpu acceleration of IE on XP nor Vista. Win7 cleaned things up, and with win8 we finally have a very mature driver model (with preemption of compute).
    Google dropped XP support for Google Docs just a few days ago. MS dropped Office support a few months ago. MS dropped IE gpu acceleration from the very start . There certainly must be a world full of lazy programmers out there if what you suggest is practical.
    Do yourself a favor, upgrade to Ivy bridge hardware with PCIE 3.0, and a nice Nvidia, or AMD video card.

    1. Jerry Harris, you’re a moron and a retard. I run the latest Ivy Bridge and Nvidia Kepler based GPUs on XP. It blows the 64bit Winblows 7 crap out of the water in performance and stability, reliability and compatibility.
      It’s a well known fact Adobe monkeys are LAZY and incompetent, no wonder they killed Flash on mobile after years of futile work trying to get to to even work acceptably on mobile.

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