An issue that comes up for any software developer is that older versions of an operating system (be it Windows, macOS, Linux, Unix, iOS, Android, etc.) simply won't support some of - if not many of - the new features being implemented. Of course, the user doesn't have to move forward with the operating system nor the software. If a current system build meets one's needs, stick with it.
Regardless of the operating platform, I am sure it is a monumental task for everyone to keep up with technological advancements and all the great improvements that come with those advancements.
Every company does it's best to maintain compatibility for as long as they can.
Change is an important component of progress. Without it we would still be struggling trying to do things we can't do instead of looking forward to the next advance.
Actually, there is a lot of research regarding this matter. If you are interested, here is a link to a simplified explanation.
Bite the bullet and upgrade - after all, for a very long time Microsoft offered the software upgrade for free. WOW! Free! Imagine that. You will learn to love the new O/S and the benefits it brings to the table!
We will lose a lot of revenue and time training IT and 10s of 1000s of employees though. Everything we do runs through Win 7, but perhaps they should have though about this awhile ago.
I can't complain to Adobe if they make this change. It was coming, just like when Power PCs were at their last days.
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