Lightroom 4 and Windows XP

I’ve seen quite a few comments about the fact that Lightroom 4 Beta doesn’t work with Windows XP (and you can probably guess that the full version isn’t going to work with it either). Last week Tom Hogarty (Lightroom Product Manager) wrote about the reasons behind that decision on his blog. Here’s a quick snippet but you can go here to read the rest:

“As many have noticed, the Lightroom 4 public beta we released last week does not support Windows XP. This decision did not come lightly and was based on a number of factors. With each version of Lightroom, our goal is always to provide a consistently excellent customer experience. Developing and testing across Operating System versions and platforms to ensure that we’re achieving this goal is a significant effort that takes time and resources. XP is substantially different from Windows Vista and Windows 7, and requires a independent testing matrix, which increases the complexity of our development efforts…”

I know it’s always hard to swallow something like this (well, if you’re an XP user that is), but here’s the thing… Microsoft barely support XP anymore. The Mainstream support phase for XP has passed. And it’s 10 years old. I hate to tell ya, but 10 years in technology might as well be 50. I think Adobe absolutely did the right thing here, so that they can indeed continue to provide a good experience for it’s users, and continually enhance Lightroom and push it in the directions it needs to go (and keep the price at a place that it needs to be).

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  1. John T. 23 January, 2012 at 23:34 Reply

    I understand and appreciate the decision. When you said that XP was 10 years old, it suddenly occurred to me how quickly that time passed. I have three machines in this office: one XP Pro, one Win7 Professional, and one MacBook Pro. I really need to do something about getting rid of the XP one.

  2. RON 23 January, 2012 at 14:25 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    We all need to get used to XP being phased out from more than just LR. I’ll bet PS6 will follow in the foot steps as well as the plugins we use too. Personally, Vista shouldn’t count as an OS with the amount of people who ditched Vista and went back to XP for good reasons. But … it is what it is but XP 64bit is still a good powerful OS.

    Times a changing and time to Build a new puter with W7 ultimate, 🙂

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