Photoshop: Enable Stack Mode functionality in standard version

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Not sure if this belongs in the Share an Idea tab, but it's more of a frustrated cry for help with a suggestion tacked on to the end, so here goes....
First things first. I'm just a photographer - I don't do video or 3D.
When Photoshop CS6 Beta was released, I tried it out and was very impressed with the improvements. So much so, that I bit the bullet and upgraded from CS2. One of the features newer than CS2 that I was very keen on using was stacking images and applying stack modes.
With this in mind, I've just returned from two weeks shooting, many shots of multiple frames with a plan to stack them.
I began to process the images yesterday and eagerly created a Smart Object out of a multi-layered image and went to the Smart Objects menu, only to find Stack Modes greyed out.
In trying to find out why, I found with horror on Adobe online help that Stack Modes are only enabled in Photoshop extended. (The beta release was the extended version, so I was unaware that it was not available in the normal release)
I'm shocked, angered and confused why this functionality is not available. What's the point of being able to create a stack without being able to apply a stack mode? Also, I was under the impression that the extended version of the program was for video and 3D purposes. I think this function is neither and firmly belongs with every other photographic function in Photoshop.
The table of differences between the two on the Adobe site mentions nothing about it.
I even found a video by my namesake on Adobe TV which spoke of the benefits of his Stack-o-matic script but mentioned nothing of it only working in Extended. Even the documentation with the download did not mention this limitation.
So, I hope some sympathetic soul at Adobe will read this and realise the absurdity of this situation. Maybe this single functionality could be enabled? I checked and it would cost me $600 to upgrade to the extended version. Too much for only one function plus a bunch of stuff I will never use.
Russell Brown
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Official Response
Stack modes (and all former extended functionality) are now available in Photoshop CC.