Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams Now Available for Volume Licensing
True to our forecast, today Adobe released Creative Cloud for Teams – a new offering for groups and organizations who want to easily manage volume purchases of Creative Cloud licenses for multiple seats or users.
The new Team product provides everything that Creative Cloud for Individuals does, which means open access to the world’s best creative tools – plus workgroup capabilities for enhanced file sharing and collaboration (with 100GB of online space for each user), flexible license management (for adding, removing, or reassigning users as needed), usage tracking and reporting, centralized billing, and included Adobe Expert Services (with one-on-one direct access for each person on your team).
Here are the key customer needs that Creative Cloud for Teams addresses:
- Immediate access
- Always up-to-date
- Lower cost of entry
- Predictable budgeting
- Dynamic license management
- Easier compliance management
- Customized distribution packages
- Workgroup collaboration
- Increased support
The new virtual workgroup capabilities allow you to share your work and collaborate privately within your team, or publicly for clients to view and comment. Provided storage capacity is 100GB per person – that is five times the amount given for standard Creative Cloud memberships, which are getting five-star reviews from most users.
The new Creative Cloud Team Admin Console makes it easy to monitor and flexibly administer your seats and available resources, and shift or add more at any time. Losing a designer but gaining a video editor? No problem – the product makes it a snap to purchase and manage your creative software, so you can simply float and reassign seats as the team changes… Licenses are not fixed or tied to a single person as they are with the Cloud for Individuals. License management and billing are completely centralized, while your team members can be either inside or outside of your company or organization.
What’s more, exclusively with the Teams edition you can use the Adobe’s new Creative Cloud Packager (CCP) utility to download and create your own customized install packages for distribution and deployment throughout your enterprise.
And the best Adobe support is included at no extra charge – with a Teams membership you benefit from two deep-dive support sessions with product experts (per seat per year), to address any topic or issue you wish.
Pricing for the new Team product is $69.99/month per seat on an annual basis, or discounted to $49.99/month as an upgrade for current CS customers (any release from CS3 or later). Education pricing (schools, students and teachers) is $39.99/month. Pricing in other countries is lower by similar percentages. You can also upgrade from any number of current Individual Creative Cloud memberships or Team Ready licenses to a consolidated Creative Cloud Team membership.
[UPDATE – Special! Adobe is now offering an even bigger discount for upgraders, just $39.99 a month for up to two years of Creative Cloud for Teams... Hurry, offer expires Feb. 28th, 2014.]
It is available directly from Adobe, and there is no minimum or maximum on number of seats you can purchase for your group. As such, Creative Cloud for Teams will be replacing the TLP (Transactional Licensing Program) volume licensing for small and medium sized businesses. As with TLP and Creative Cloud, each user on your Team can choose to run on either Windows or Mac operating system platforms.
One of the top advantages of Creative Cloud is always having access to the latest and greatest releases of any Adobe product. However if you or your company prefer to wait a while before using a free upgrade, that’s possible as well since installing Creative Cloud feature updates is always optional – and you can continue to use older versions of the software for as long as you want. You have control of when your team upgrades.
Available languages now for launch include English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, and Japanese, with more coming next year.