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Adobe to move entire Creative Suite to subscription based service, will ditch retail sales and further CS Suite updates

Adobe to drop the Creative Suite name and move everything to a cloud based subscription service

By: Charles Gantt from May 6, 2013 @ 13:30 CDT

Adobe has announced that it will be moving its Creative Suite of products from a retail business model, and into a cloud based subscription model that will let users subscribe to the service for a monthly fee and will completely do away with retail packaging, downloads and apparently Creative Suite altogether.


Adobe has decided to rebrand the new subscription service as the Adobe Creative Cloud and will still feature all of the same programs professionals have grown to love. This will also end the yearly release cycle for program updates, and subscribers will simply get the updates as they come out.

If you want my personal opinion on this, I feel that Adobe is making a major mistake here and the push to the cloud is being fueled by one thing and one thing only, piracy. With a cloud based service, Adobe can keep a more firm hold on its programs and prevent pirates from downloading and installing the program illegally.

This is just another form of always-on DRM that is becoming ever so prevalent in software these days.


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