Adobe Stock Photos is going away, and for a very good reason

Adobe sent out a notice that one of its services, Adobe Stock Photos, is going to be discontinued. The service will be turned off on April 1.

I have no idea how popular Adobe Stock Photos is, but the company offered up a helpful FAQ to explain a few things. From it, you can learn that:

Adobe Stock Photos is a royalty-free image service introduced with Adobe Creative Suite® 2 software in May 2005. Offering one-stop shopping from within Adobe Bridge in Creative Suite 2 and Creative Suite 3 as well as standalone CS2 and CS3 applications, Adobe Stock Photos provides a convenient way for creative professionals to search across multiple image libraries at once and purchase royalty-free images.

Sounds great, right?

In case you're wondering what's going on, and why Adobe Stock Photos is being put out to pasture, the FAQ has another question:

Q: Why is the service being discontinued?

Adobe has decided to concentrate its efforts in other areas.

How many staff meetings between product managers and customer-service executives did it take to develop that informative explanation?

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