Adobe has officially announced that the next major version of Lightroom, referred to as Lightroom 6, will support only 64-bit operating systems, meaning that will be compatible with Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.
The rumor mill has said that Adobe will introduce the Lightroom 6 image-editing software at the Creative Cloud 2014 event on June 18, 2014. However, the program has not been launched, while the developed has officially confirmed that it will become available later this year.
In order to give photographers a glimpse of what is coming, the company has published a blog post which says that the next major release of Lightroom will be compatible only with 64-bit operating systems.
Adobe Lightroom 6 confirmed to support only 64-bit versions of Mac OS X and Windows
Although 64-bit versions of Windows and Mac OS X have been around for a long time, there are still lots of computers which run on 32-bit operating systems.
Unfortunately for them, the whole world is moving towards 64-bit and this includes Adobe. The company has announced that upcoming version of its popular image-editing software, called Lightroom 6, will support only 64-bit OSs.
This means that Adobe Lightroom 6 will work only on Mac OS X 10.8 or newer and Windows 7 or newer versions. However, it will work only on 64-bit versions of these operating systems.
If you are running on a 32-bit version of Mac OS X or Windows, then you will not be able to install the next major releases of Lightroom.
Why did Adobe make this decision?
Adobe says that it is working hard on Lightroom 6. The image-editing software will offer cutting-edge “features and technologies”, therefore it requires the most advanced operating systems.
As a result, the developer has decided to focus on improving the program and its architecture rather than focusing on bringing the software to older operating systems.
The company says that it wants to bring more advanced functionality, such as better features and improved performance, to Adobe Lightroom 6 users.
What can you do about it?
Adobe says that Apple is offering Mac OS X 10.7 users a free upgrade to Mac OS X 10.8 or newer versions, but you will still need a 64-bit version.
On the other hand, if you do not know what Windows version you are running, then Microsoft has a know-how article
It is worth noting that Adobe Lightroom 6 will be compatible with Windows 10 and that Microsoft will let Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users to upgrade to the newer version for free.
Users who do not have a 32-bit PC and who will desperately need Adobe Lightroom 6 can only upgrade to a newer PC, as the company will not change its mind.
Adobe Lightroom 5 supports 32-bit operating systems and it can be purchased at Amazon for around $150.