Adobe Photoshop Elements is Now Available in the Windows Store

Posted on November 25, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Music + Videos, Windows 10 with 48 Comments

Adobe Photoshop Elements is Now Available in the Windows Store

Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 is now available in the Windows Store. Best of all, it’s temporarily on sale for just $60. But you can find an even better deal elsewhere.

But let’s think about the Windows Store version first.

This is very interesting to me on a number of levels. For starters, it’s the first major league Windows desktop application to appear in the Windows Store. So that’s a big deal.

On a more personal level, Photoshop Elements is an application I use and rely on every single day. But it’s also, conversely, the last “heavy” desktop application I install on all of my PCs. That is, this is an old school Win32 app, full of quirks and complexity. And it takes a long time to install, even longer than full Office 2016.

Worse, (the desktop version of) Photoshop Elements 15, which is the latest version of this application, is hard-coded to allow only two device activations at a time. That’s a problem for me, since I use so many different PCs. So while I do use Elements 15 on PCs with high-DPI displays because it supports that, I also keep older Elements versions around for those PCs that do not.

If you purchase this version of Photoshop Elements 15, it supports 10 device installs. That alone could make it worth buying from Windows Store. And since it’s one sale for just $60—the application normally costs $100 online—it seems like a no-brainer.

That said, you can buy the normal desktop version of the application right now for just $40 from That’s $60 off! If you don’t care about the benefits of the Windows Store version, or want to install this application on older versions of Windows, that’s an incredible deal.


It’s still early, but it seems to look and work identically to the normal desktop application, and I assume it’s a Centennial packaging which allows that desktop application to work like a UWP app. Assuming this holds up, it’s not quite “game changer” territory, but it is good news. And I’ll let you know if I find out differently since I really do use this every single day.

Most interesting.

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