Chromebooks are maturing fast and starting to really threaten PC makers with their low cost hardware and simple software. Now Google has announced that Adobe Creative Cloud will soon be working on Chromebooks. The inability to use Photoshop and other Adobe programs has kept some users away from Chromebooks (particularly Mac users). With Adobe Creative Cloud being made available (Photoshop to start with) on Chromebooks this is certainly a threat to Apple’s MacBook Pro line of computers, usually thought of as a designers choice tool. Here’s what Google said in their blog post yesterday.
Chromebooks are fast, easy to use and secure. They bring the best of the cloud right to your desktop, whether that’s Google Drive, Google+ Photos or Gmail. Today, in partnership with Adobe, we’re welcoming Creative Cloud onto Chromebooks, initially with a streaming version of Photoshop. Initially, this will be available for U.S.-based Adobe education customers with a paid Creative Cloud membership–so the Photoshop you know and love is now on Chrome OS. No muss, no fuss.
This streaming version of Photoshop is designed to run straight from the cloud to your Chromebook. It’s always up-to-date and fully integrated with Google Drive, so there’s no need to download and re-upload files—just save your art directly from Photoshop to the cloud. For IT administrators, it’s easy to manage, with no long client installation and one-click deployment to your team’s Chromebooks.
I myself have shunned Chromebooks because of the lack of Adobe tools and I have to admit that this move will indeed change many minds on the usefulness of Chromebooks. Apple and PC makers need to take note of this cheap competition because it’s real and it’s coming. What do you think of Adobe Creative Cloud being made available on Chromebooks? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.