Adobe heads into the Cloud

Adobe is to stop selling its Creative Suite software with perpetual licenses, instead pushing sales and distribution through its web-based Creative Cloud offering.
As such, the programs will now gain a CC suffix, and will be updated as and when Adobe develops anything new, with no need to number different versions. The programs themselves will still have to be downloaded and installed to a desktop machine, but the license will have to be paid on a regular basis, monthly or annually and the user will have to reconnect to the Creative Cloud at least once every 30 days to verify that the license is still current.
As part of this move Adobe has updated its Creative Cloud offering. This includes integrating Behance, a leading online creative community, so customers can showcase work, get feedback on projects and gain global exposure.
Creative Cloud membership for individuals is £38.12 (ex-VAT) per month based on annual membership; existing customers who own CS3 to CS5.5 get their first year of Creative Cloud at the discounted rate of £22.22 (ex-VAT) per month. Students and teachers can get Creative Cloud for £22.22 (ex-VAT) per month.
A team version of Creative Cloud includes everything individual members receive plus 100GB of storage and centralised deployment and administration capabilities. Creative Cloud for teams is priced at £53.20 per month per seat. Existing customers, who own a volume license of CS3 or later, get their first year of Creative Cloud for teams at the discounted rate of £38.12 per month per seat if they sign up before the end of August 2013.
For now, Adobe will continue to sell the CS6 programs but there are no plans to upgrade or even support these in the future.



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