What you need to know
- Adobe Lightroom is now available through the Microsoft Store.
- You can now download Lightroom without having to use the Creative Cloud app.
- This is the first core app from Adobe to become available through the Microsoft Store.
Adobe Lightroom is now available through the Microsoft Store (via Thurrott.com). Lightroom is the first core Adobe app to become available through the Microsoft Store. You can now download Lightroom onto your Windows 10 device without having to use the Creative Cloud app.
To use Lightroom, you need to have a paid subscription that includes Adobe Lightroom, such as Adobe's Photography plan (opens in new tab). You can try the app for free for up to seven days through the Microsoft Store before having to commit to a subscription.
Adobe has some other software on the Microsoft Store, such as Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 (opens in new tab), but Lightroom is the first core adobe app to become available through the Microsoft Store.
Note: This is the x64-bit version, and, as such, cannot run on ARM devices like the Surface Pro X. While Adobe is committed to ARM-ports of its software this is not that.
As Thurrott.com points out, you can download the Microsoft Store version and the Creative Cloud app version of Lightroom on the same device, but can only use one at a time since Adobe restricts plans to one instance at a time. The functionality of the two versions appears to be identical.
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Is this also compiled for ARM? Would be cool if that was the case.
It is not, unfortunately. Straight x64 version. I don't expect the Adobe/ARM stuff for awhile. They take a LONG time to do stuff (see iPad PS). I'm just glad they announced it. That's progress for them.
How far along were they when they announced it though? They had the working demo of Fresco so I don't feel like they just started. It'd be nice for them to give some sort of a timeline.
Adobe will likely not prioritize creating any ARM-based applications for a very long time since a good 80% of their paying customers are using Intel Core i7 or Intel Xeon CPUs with 32GB RAM, and NVIDIA Quadro or AMD RX graphics.
That is unless there are ARM devices with NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards?
YES!!! This is what we need! The Microsoft Store desperately needs pro apps from major companies in order to build legitimacy as a preferred alternative to downloading executables. This becomes doubly important as we get closer to Windows 10X
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