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Adobe Moves Aggressively To The Cloud

Adobe made a gutsy move this week when it put a stake in the ground, saying it will no longer add new features and functions to its Creative Suite packaged application set. Going forward it will only continue developing Creative Cloud, the year-old cloud edition of such mainstay Adobe applications as Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Premier Pro.

Software vendors have struggled to judge how quickly they should move to the cloud, trying to gauge how fast their customers and channel partners are willing to change. Adobe is saying it's time to make the move -- a stance one partner said should motivate customers who have been waffling about embracing cloud computing.

Not everyone's happy about this: There's a petition on Change.org signed by nearly 4,000 customers demanding that Adobe "eliminate the mandatory Creative Cloud subscription model." But using CDs to distribute software is so last century.