Adobe posted a new blog post about a week ago giving more information about price and availability of the Adobe Creative Cloud. What was also mentioned in a paragraph is that starting with CS6, Adobe will be changing their upgrade policy so that upgrade pricing will only apply if you have the latest version of the software.
For instance, if you want Creative Suite 6 at an upgrade price, you will have to have either CS5 or above.
“For customers who prefer to remain on the current licensing model, we will continue to offer our individual point products and Adobe Creative Suite editions as perpetual licenses. With regards to upgrades, we are changing our policy for perpetual license customers. In order to qualify for upgrade pricing when CS6 releases, customers will need to be on the latest version of our software (either CS5 or CS5.5 editions). If our customers are not yet on those versions, we’re offering a 20% discount through December 31, 2011 which will qualify them for upgrade pricing when we release CS6.”
Although it doesn’t say directly if this will also be the case with individual products such as Photoshop (not the entire suite), I can only assume it will be the same. They are obviously wanting people to switch to the Creative Cloud, but this is the wrong way to go about it. The Adobe Creative Cloud is certainly interesting, but paying each month for something you don’t get to keep if you don’t continue to pay isn’t exactly appealing for many.