August 24th, 2001. What’s so significant about this date? On that day in history, Microsoft released to computer manufacturers the bits and bytes for Windows XP. Now after almost 13 years (which is a lifetime in this business!), Microsoft will be ending their support for Windows XP – officially, on April 8, 2014.
In conjunction with this date, Adobe will soon no longer be able to support the Windows XP operating system with Adobe Reader X and XI, Acrobat Standard X & XI and Acrobat Pro X & XI. The next official quarterly update for these Adobe Reader and Acrobat versions (which is expected May 2014) will be the last ones tested on and released for Windows XP. Once that quarterly update is released, Adobe’s official support for Windows XP will come to an end too.
Now, it’s important to note, that you can continue to install and/or use Adobe Reader and Acrobat on Windows XP if you wish to, even after the official support ends. But again, this means that any updates or patches for Adobe Reader and Acrobat will no longer be tested or supported on Windows XP. In addition, Adobe will not provide technical support for problems specific to running Adobe Reader or Acrobat on Windows XP. This is also applicable to our enterprise customers who have purchased maintenance/upgrade and support plans, and/or have a contract that entitles them to maintenance/upgrade and support from Adobe.
You can find information on Microsoft’s Windows lifecycle here. Or if you have questions for us or the wider community of users and experts, you can post those to the community forums for Adobe Acrobat. Adobe Acrobat continues to integrate with Microsoft software in many useful and powerful ways. If you’d like to check on which versions of Microsoft Office your installation of Acrobat works with, head on over to the compatibility matrices here.
So long, Windows XP! But it’s time for all of us to invest our energies in newer technologies and deliver amazing products and experiences with them.