There’s bad news for those who are still stuck in 2001!
Adobe has issued an official statement that the next version of Photoshop will not be compatible with Windows XP. Microsoft released XP back in 2001 and for the last few years, has really been pushing people to upgrade to the newer OS.
Tom Hogarty, Adobe Product Manager, said in a blog post "The Photoshop team would like to provide advanced notice that Photoshop CS6 (13.0) will be the last major version of Photoshop to support Windows XP.” He justifies the move by explaining that the newer versions of Photoshop are very performance sensitive and therefore require modern hardware and graphical interface, which XP doesn’t provide.
“Leveraging advances available on newer operating systems and hardware allows us to deliver significantly better performance, and focus our innovation efforts around the areas of the greatest benefit to our customers. Photoshop CS6 already demonstrates that relying on a modern operating system, graphics cards/GPUs and graphics drivers can lead to substantial improvements in 3D, Blur Gallery and Lighting Effect features not available to Windows XP customers. The team hopes that by providing this information early it will help you understand our current decisions around operating system support and where we we're headed with future releases of Photoshop. We encourage all customers who are currently using Windows XP to begin making their migration plans now so they can fully take advantage of future Photoshop innovations as soon as they are available.”
Adobe has already dropped support for Lightroom on Windows XP, so the move to discontinue Photoshop isn’t unexpected.