In 2018, Adobe announced a series of changes to their licensing to which many of us have already started adapting. But what are the Adobe licensing changes, which dates should you be looking out for and what do you need to do about them? If you are an IT administrator or a license manager for Adobe software licensing, this post is for you…

What are the Adobe licensing changes?

Spoiler alert: These changes are most likely relevant to you if you have Device-Based Licensing in your environment and/or if you are using one of the discontinued apps. If this sounds like your environment, then these Adobe licensing changes may affect you:

In October 2018, Adobe announced they were going to eliminate Device-Based Licensing to focus on Shared-Device Licensing starting 2019 (if you’re interested in learning about the different types of licenses, skip to this section). This new Shared-Device License is conceptually similar to its Device-Based predecessor but what it does is it brings more personalization to the user experience and more simplification for you which is all around a great thing, although it will take some work on your end to make the switch happen. With this change, Adobe has made it so that if you are looking to move to CC 2019 from CC 2018 and you have Device-Based Licenses in your environment, you will have to switch those over to Shared-Device Licenses in order to use CC 2019.

While you as an admin may not have a choice as to whether or not to move to Shared-Device Licensing, you may be wondering why the extra effort and change. Adobe says they are implementing these licensing changes because their legacy licensing technology is based on a 32-bit application which users and organizations have deprecated in their environments. With the move over to 64-bit, Adobe claims they are providing a much more robust and secure licensing platform. The move also provides a better user experience for labs, libraries, and classrooms because users now will have access to more tools for collaborating, for a more personalized experience (given users will have to sign in to use Adobe Shared-Device Licenses so Adobe will be able to identify each user and customize the experience accordingly), and for accessing creative cloud on the go.