Lightroom: Why did they it “Photoshop Lightroom” when it has no Photoshop features?

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Name “Photoshop Lightroom” is confusing. Why did they name the cloud version of LIGHTROOM as “Photoshop Lightroom” when it has no Photoshop features? It’s my understanding (from a long chat with tech support) that Photoshop Lightroom (cloud-based Lightroom) just has the ability to jump to Photoshop but has no Photoshop tools within it.
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"Why did they name the cloud version of LIGHTROOM as 'Photoshop Lightroom' when it has no Photoshop features?"

"Photoshop" was attached to the product name years before the cloud-focused version Lightroom CC came out.  I don't have any inside knowledge, but presumably the Adobe marketers were trying to strengthen the Lightroom brand in customers minds by associating it with Photoshop.

While that has created a fair amount of confusion over the years, recently even more confusion was created by renaming the desktop version from Lightroom CC to Lightroom Classic CC and calling the new cloud-focused version Lightroom CC.  And all along Adobe has insisted with a straight face that the use of "Classic" doesn't mean that the desktop version is nearing its end of life.  There's no accounting for mediocre marketing.
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It's hard to fathom the inner workings at Adobe and I even worked there for several years.   But, as I understand through the rumor mill, Lightroom was originally developed by the same team (or at least in the same organizational unit) that was responsible for Photoshop.  So, when LR came out its official name use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.  Of course everyone just called in Lightroom.

They really caused a lot of tangible problems through with their misguided naming changes when they brought out the cloud based version of LR.  Just prior to that they had Lightroom 6 (non subscription desktop based) and Lightroom CC (subscritption based desktop version).  If you went with the Lightroom CC subscription model they also had LR Mobile that synced with it.

But for some unknown reason when they came out with the new Cloud Based ecosystem (totally new product) they stole the name LIghtroom CC for it even though it is a different product.  So, then they had to come up with a new name for the desktop centric version.  Using LR Classic (or the more formal Photoshop Lightroom Classic)  makes sense once you get past the initial name theft, but why they stuck "CC" on the end is a mystery and has caused no end of confusion.   The only thing that CC at the end of the name does is indicate that you're renting it rather than buying a perpetual license and that it can sync to the new cloud based product.
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Anyone remember by chance, what year Lightroom came out? I know I’ve used it since the first version. I’m just curious what year that was.
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Version 1 was released February 19, 2007: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Lightroom
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"Why did they name the cloud version of LIGHTROOM as “Photoshop Lightroom” when it has no Photoshop features?"

Photoshop Camera Raw and Lightroom share the same raw processing engine feature.