Photoshop Elements: Is Elements software or a website????

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I'm confused. I thought I bought 'software' that would install on my computer and function offline like my other 14 year's worth of PhotoShop products did. I don't want to have my images online. I don't want to be dependent on an online connection to edit photos. I don't want to join a social network. I just want to edit my images on my local harddrive. Can Elements 8 and Elements Premier 8 do that? What am I missing? When I try to open the program it just takes me to photoshop.com. ???? Explain please ??? I'm feeling old!
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Since version 7, Elements has tied in with www.photoshop.com, which is capable of hosting and sharing your photos and video online. Another aspect of this partnership between Elements and Photoshop.com is online backup of the files you manage inside the Elements Organizer--if your computer crashes, your files are not lost as they are also backed up online for safekeeping. There are different levels of storage one can purchase annually depending on the amount of files (in gigabytes) one wishes to backup to Photoshop.com, but the basic Free version gives you 2GB.

So if you are satisfied with local storage, and don't need online backup or sharing via Photoshop.com, ignore the sign in and use the Organizer and Editor like you have in the past.