Last week Adobe published a very brief announcement that as they are working very hard on a major version update to their popular Lightroom product they have made the decision to no longer support “older” operating systems:
In order to leverage the latest operating system features and technologies, Lightroom 6 will require Mac OS X 10.8 or above, or a 64 bit version of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. Focusing our work on more modern operating systems and architectures allows us to spend more time adding functionality requested by users, including additional advanced imaging features and improving general application performance.
For those of you who don't know what this means, if you have a computer that is more than 4-5 years old you may not be able to run the next version of Lightroom at all due to the version of the operating system installed. Especially Windows users with older computers since they are likely to have a 32 bit version of Windows installed.
I personally am glad to see Adobe take this stance. I would rather Adobe focus on making the software as efficient as possible versus supporting older operating systems. What do you think?