The software developer who created Microsoft’s Photoshop toolkit and other tools used in Windows 7 has written an article on the site outlining his plans to bring back Adobe Photoshop for the new operating system.
Steve Lefkowitz said his goal is to get back Adobe as the only “product that’s going to be able to do all the work” that Photoshop used to do.
“I want to take Photoshop to the next level,” Lefker said in a post.
“It’s not about the software, it’s about how you use Photoshop to create great photos.”
The article, entitled “The future of Adobe products: Photoshop, Illustrator, and Photoshop CS5” says that Lefks Photoshop will be fully integrated with Windows 8 and that Photoshop will continue to work well with Microsoft Office 365.
The Photoshop team said it would work closely with Microsoft to “continue to build the most powerful Photoshop for Windows and Office 365 applications ever.”
But Lefkers blog post also mentions that Adobe’s own software will be removed from the operating system in future releases.
“We’re not going to remove Adobe Photoshop from Windows,” Liefkowitz wrote.
“We’re going to take it off.”
Lefkowks blog post says that Adobe has offered to provide “a limited number of licenses” for those users who want to keep the software running on Windows, but that they would need to wait until Microsoft “makes a major announcement regarding licensing” before they can get that software.
Adobe also has a partnership with Microsoft in which Adobe can “offer Photoshop to businesses and schools on the Windows platform.”
The announcement of Microsofts “Microsoft Windows licensing model is the most complex and ambitious licensing model ever” for software, Liefking wrote.
“That’s why I’m writing this article,” Lefeks blog concluded.
“I hope that Photoshop users will read it and realize that we will continue with this work and bring Photoshop back to Windows in future updates.”
Lefeks software is available for free download and he wrote on his blog that he’s “working hard to get it on Windows.”
“I don’t expect Photoshop to disappear from Windows in the near future,” he wrote.
Lefker also said that Adobe is looking for people to test out Photoshop for it’s upcoming Windows 10 update.
“Please email me if you have any interest in testing Photoshop for a future update,” he said.
Lefekowitz’s blog post is a response to the decision by Adobe to discontinue Photoshop in Windows 10 earlier this month.
“The recent Adobe Photoshop discontinuation has not only hurt our customers, but it’s also put Adobe at a major disadvantage in attracting and retaining developers to the Windows 10 platform,” Lfeks blog said.
“The company’s decision to discontinuing Photoshop will make it even harder for us to attract and retain developers to Windows 10.”
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