Many people use Photoshop on Windows so this comes as a huge announcement. Thank you to Adobe for letting people know in advance, that Windows XP will no longer be compatible with all future versions of Photoshop. After an over 10+ year run, XP, as amazing as it is, will no longer be supported. The reason is it isn’t 64 bit and all current operating systems demand a better architecture to run under.
They say, that only Windows 7 and up will be supported from CS6 on up. However, I personally use CS6 on Vista and it runs great. Though the difference is that even though it can run, it’s not supported or won’t auto-update.
We don’t know when the next version will be out, but I would say within 2 to 3 years.
Here’s an excerpt from their blog post:
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. Leveraging advances available on newer operating systems and hardware allows us to deliver significantly better performance, and focus our innovation efforts around the areas of the greatest benefit to our customers.
You can read the full post here.