Adobe Photoshop Elements is Now Available in the Windows Store

Posted on November 25, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Music + Videos, Windows 10 with 46 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 Amazon.com. 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.

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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.

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    StevenLayton Alpha Member #801 - 1 week ago

    Good article, but you think duplicated the last paragraph by mistake?

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      Paul Thurrott Alpha Member #1 - 1 week ago
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      WP7Mango Alpha Member #2513 - 1 week ago
      In reply to Paul Thurrott:

      Check it again - he's right. The duplication starts from "It's still early..." before the picture and after the picture.

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    PhilipVasta Alpha Member #1662 - 1 week ago

    Hmm... kind of tempting but I'll wait for Affinity Photo to come out of beta on Windows. Their Designer software is pretty fantastic and was only $40 ($50 normally).

    But Microsoft really needs to make it super easy for developers of Win32 apps to get them on the Store. In fact, not just easy to do so, but preferable. I want to see this Store pick up some momentum, because I don't get the feeling that any regular user even thinks to visit the Store if they're looking for software.

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    DaveHelps Alpha Member #1285 - 1 week ago

    I'd be interested to understand how this compares for shared PC usage.

    If I purchased the legacy desktop version and installed it on my PC, could all users access it?

    And if I purchase and install the Windows Store version, can other users of my PC access it from their profile? Or do they need to buy it for themselves?

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      Paul Thurrott Alpha Member #1 - 1 week ago
      In reply to DaveHelps:

      I assume it's tied to your Microsoft account and is thus not shared to other users. But I will test that.

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      Narg Alpha Member #420 - 1 week ago
      In reply to DaveHelps:

      Adobe is moving away from that type of install too.  You'd need an Adobe account setup to install, and limited to two installations.  For MS I'd think you'd just add your MS account to the machine and do the install and hopefully less limited on the number of installs.  MS usually limits between 5 and 10 installs depending on the title.

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    chriscarstens Alpha Member #874 - 1 week ago

    Hi, I bought this and installed it on a Surface Pro (i-5) . Slow does not begin to describe it. I click on tabs (eg "Create") and nothing happens -- not for 30, 60 seconds, and then poof, the window opens. What's up with that? Anybody else having the experience?

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      chriscarstens Alpha Member #874 - 5 days ago
      In reply to chriscarstens:

      Well, answered my own question. It took about 36 hours to do a face scan on my catalog of several thousand photos -- and after it was completed, the program started working MUCH more quickly. 

       

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    Narg Alpha Member #420 - 1 week ago

    Too bad Premier Elements is not there yet.  I usually get the bundle of both Elements packages.  And MS Store DRM should be a heck of a lot easier to manage than Adobe DRM, so that's a good thing.

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    Polycrastinator Alpha Member #163 - 1 week ago

    It's primarily good news I think because I see people who get new laptops go to the Windows Store, look for their normal apps, fail to find them, and never go back. The more apps that they expect to find that are in there, the better, and a version of Photoshop will surely help. Now, if only Microsoft could get the standard Dropbox client in there, Firefox (I'll not expect Chrome), etc. that would really help. What we need is for users to be able to get by with only Store apps.

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    Redbreva Alpha Member #447 - 1 week ago

    Not a great start to the WIn32 Store experience!  Downloaded and installed fine, but wont launch!

    "C:\Program Files\WIndowsApps\AdobeSystemsIncorporated.AdobePhotoshopElements15_1.38...\Adobe Photoshop Elements 15.0.exe - The Parameter is incorrect."

    Anyone got a fix? Who do I query with Microsoft or Adobe?

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    bbold Alpha Member #669 - 1 week ago

    Awesome! Great news. ;) I was involved in a beta test for this version, so it should be much better than the previous versions (the ones I used.) Provided lots of feedback to Adobe about making it less child-like and a little more grown up for us adults. I haven't used this newer version yet, so I hope it is much improved!

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    mortarm - 1 week ago

    I guess the sale is over.  The lowest price I saw was $54.

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    krisarthur Alpha Member #319 - 1 week ago

    Does anyone use this to edit/modify pictures that reside in OneDrive? I don't want to have to download them local and edit them local then copy them back up.... I could... prefer not to.

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      SleepingPelican Alpha Member #661 - 1 week ago
      In reply to krisarthur:

      If you setup OneDrive file sync then you can access the files locally from any app without manually downloading it. Once you have saved your changes in Photoshop the changes will sync to the cloud automatically.

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    madthinus Alpha Member #94 - 1 week ago

    I would love for Microsoft to make it possible to install a legacy application into a UWP container. It would be awesome if they could just detect installation and write the app and Registry information to a UWP container instead of directly to the disk or the registry. 

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      WP7Mango Alpha Member #2513 - 1 week ago
      In reply to madthinus:

      This is basically what this process does. Registry information does not go into the normal registry.

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      Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 1 week ago
      In reply to WP7Mango:

      It's another hive.

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      WP7Mango Alpha Member #2513 - 1 week ago
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      Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 1 week ago
      In reply to WP7Mango:

      If you read the technical documentation and understood it, you'd have a different opinion.

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    Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 1 week ago

    More native ads?  Seriously?  Where is your journalistic disclosure?  You're basically doing the same thing as Penton - justifying Amazon referral links as "news" by writing a big article about it, which is what the press is getting grilled on lately, re: "fake news".

     

    In any case, what ever happened to Microsoft saying that they would advertise Win32 apps on the Windows Store for third-party companies?  What that a Windows 8-era-only thing that never happened?  So now with Project Centennial, and Microsoft's 30% vig, they have no financial reason to do that anymore?

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      JudaZuk Alpha Member #2098 - 1 week ago
      In reply to Waethorn:

      This is news, one of the first big and classic W32 programs is now available in the store, most likely through Centennial.

      If you care about Microsoft news, or technology at all, this is news.

      And last time I checked, Adobe is a third-party-company, and it is advertised in the store.

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      Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 1 week ago
      In reply to JudaZuk:

      No, it's "here's a deal, *but don't look at our referral link*...oh and by the way, here's some related news".  It's a native ad.  Practically every review over at Penton was doing the same thing: any time some new gadget (usually Amazon-exclusive brands) to rouse the tech-horny impulse shoppers came up on Amazon, they'd "review" it, but it was full of Amazon referral links - and ABSOLUTELY ZERO disclosure.  It's no different than if you reported on a company that you have shares in without disclosing it openly, and I'm calling them out on it.  These posts should carry a "SPONSORED" tag in the headline.

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      Paul Thurrott Alpha Member #1 - 1 week ago
      In reply to Waethorn:

      This isn't sponsored. I bought Adobe Photoshop from the Windows Store, which was more expensive than the Amazon link. Which I provided because it's a lower price and thus should be of interest to people ... who are interested in this product. Which I really pay for, and use every single day. And have done so for many years across many (not quite all, but close) versions.

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      Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 1 week ago
      In reply to Paul Thurrott:

      Would you have written it if you didn't have a referral link to monetize the article?

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      DaveHelps Alpha Member #1285 - 1 week ago
      In reply to Waethorn:

      I have to respectfully disagree with you on this. If you read past articles and notes from PC builds, rebuilds and migrations, you'll know Paul does use this app. And with this being, to my knowledge, the first major app to make this journey, it feels newsworthy to me.

      Similarly, perhaps it's just me but I have absolutely no problem with Paul, Brad, Raf or anyone else on the team using affiliate links to Amazon. It's not as if they're directing us to some backwater scam-shop, and personally if I'm considering buying something online then I always check the Amazon price and availability.

       

       

      I do remember the Win32 app advert idea though and I also wonder where it went. If I recall correctly, one release Visual Studio was advertised via the Store. Perhaps the commercial terms don't/won't make sense for the publishers until Windows Store usage picks up, or maybe Microsoft were waiting until Centennial was ready to maintain the "safety" of Store apps.

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      Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 1 week ago
      In reply to DaveHelps:

      They're calling the Cortana and Edge switcher notifications ads, I'm calling this an ad.

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      lwetzel Alpha Member #113 - 1 week ago
      In reply to Waethorn:

      You've lost me....What are you bitching and moaning about and who are you bitching and moaning about OR are you just bitching and moaning?

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      Paul Thurrott Alpha Member #1 - 1 week ago
      In reply to Waethorn:

      Yeah, our little operation here is directly comparable to the company that earns $20 billion in revenues every quarter. Fair.

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      wright_is Alpha Member #1319 - 1 week ago
      In reply to Waethorn:

      How do you get the switcher ads? I've switched between Edge, Firefox and Chrome (and have been using Firefox and Chrome as my main browsers for over a year) and I've never seen any changer ads.

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      Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 1 week ago
      In reply to wright_is:

      Don't pull that "it doesn't happen to me" bullsh*t argument.  Paul's documented it quite well here.

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      wright_is Alpha Member #1319 - 1 week ago
      In reply to Waethorn:

      It isn't bullshit, I have not seen any of these "ads". Maybe it is a remnant of the EU decision against Microsoft, that Windows 10 over here doesn't show those sorts or messages. I was genuinely interested to hear how and when they appear, because switching between browsers and having Chrome or Firefox as the default does not bring up any such messages over here.

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      madthinus Alpha Member #94 - 1 week ago
      In reply to Waethorn:

      Paul is part of their affiliate program. You can just search Amazon and buy it directly, or you can buy it using his link. He gets a couple of cents in the process, you pay no more than you would have if you bought it on Amazon, so I am not sure what the problem is. You are an Alpha member, so you clearly don't have a problem sending some money his way.

      This is news, since Adobe beat Microsoft to their own store.

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      Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 1 week ago
      In reply to madthinus:

      I was told something about no ads on the front page for paying subscribers....

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      Paul Thurrott Alpha Member #1 - 1 week ago
      In reply to Waethorn:

      No. You weren't.

      You were promised "minimal banner advertising resulting in a faster loading site." Or, as the FAQ puts it:

      With a premium membership, we will be removing the majority of the advertisements from the site. We say majority as the traditional ad-banners will all be gone, pop-ups and overlays will not be used but we retain the right to find sponsorships for forums, podcasts and other content mediums that may be shown to premium members in a non-obtrusive way.

       

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      Paul Thurrott Alpha Member #1 - 1 week ago
      In reply to Waethorn:

      Sorry, is this directed at me? Native ads?