Adobe CS6 Launched on April 23rd, but When Is the Release Date?
[NEWS (May 7th) – CS6 has been released!]
As you may have heard, Creative Suite 6 was announced on April 23rd with a big launch event that’s being webcast worldwide… So we’ve learned about what’s new and different, but we can’t use or download the software yet – for that we have to wait further until the actual release date. When will that be?
Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen has previously said this regarding availability:
“I know there’s been some confusion about what we mean by ‘launch’ versus what we mean by ‘ship.’ On the launch date, we’ll talk a lot more about the new features and functionalities of the suites, the various product configurations, and what we’ve done with pricing. We have some new products which will factor into the pricing moving forward. And then traditionally, within 30 days, you tend to ship the software products themselves. The early feedback has been very positive.”
The time window now also means you can preorder the software, but you might not want to actually do that. Why? Because you could save a good bit of money by ordering CS5.5 from Adobe’s site instead (at lower cost), in which case you will be eligible for an automatic free upgrade to CS6 when it comes out…
So for the release date itself, we have long forecasted early May, which is confirmed by the May 6th expiration date of the CS6 grace period offer just described. It is also confirmed by word on the Adobe Boards.
Customers who preorder the CS6 titles now receive the following notice:
Preorder Estimated Availability May 7, 2012. Your credit card will not be charged until the product is ready to download. Estimated availability date is subject to change.
Adobe advised earlier they will be moving to a simultaneous release in the major geographies, which in addition to the U.S., tend to be Europe (U.K., Germany and France) and Japan. So expect to see the English, German, French, and Japanese language editions all ship at the same time, with others to follow later – 23 languages in total.
[UPDATE (April 30th) – Adobe confirms in today’s “Ask a Pro” presentation: “All pre-order customers will have access on May 7th in the US (date may vary by country).”]
[UPDATE (May 7th) – All Adobe CS6 downloads are now available!]
For more information and details on Creative Suite 6 worldwide pricing, upgrade changes, availability, and system requirements, see our companion CS6 Launch Guide. Or read more about how CS6 is different from previous versions like CS5.5, including a detailed product-by-product breakout of what’s new in every application.