Adobe Product Manager Tom Hogarty announced that Photoshop CS6 is the last major release of the graphics editing program to support the aging Windows XP operating system.
Windows Vista was is no longer officially supported in Photoshop CS6 due to its limited marketshare, and the Windows version of Photoshop CS7 will require users to run Windows 7 or 8 because the company feels that Photoshop really benefits from a modern operating system as well as up-to-date hardware so users can take advantage of all the latest technologies, including GPGPU acceleration. Additionally, Adobe also revealed that Creative Cloud updates will also discontinue Windows XP 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.
It's a though choice considering Windows XP still commands a marketshare of 42.5 percent and many companies are holding off upgrading their computer systems due to the poor state of the economy, but I guess that after 11 years of service it's time to move on to a new operating system.
Also in the news is that Google's Apps, which includes the search giant's Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs services, will cease to support Internet Explorer 8 on November 15th. After this date IE8 users will receive a message urging them to update their browser. This means Google is also dropping support for Windows XP because IE8 is the last release of Microsoft's browser available for the Windows XP operating system, but XP users can easily circumvent this by switching to Firefox or Chrome.