Photoshop heading to Chromebooks—in streaming form

Chromebooks got their first taste of Android apps earlier this month. Now, something bigger is on the way. Google and Adobe have teamed up to bring the full-fledged version of Photoshop to Chrome OS—in streaming form.

Photoshop running on the Chromebook Pixel. Source: Google.

Here's the pitch from Google's official blog post:

This streaming version of Photoshop is designed to run straight from the cloud to your Chromebook. It's always up-to-date and fully integrated with Google Drive, so there's no need to download and re-upload files—just save your art directly from Photoshop to the cloud. For IT administrators, it's easy to manage, with no long client installation and one-click deployment to your team's Chromebooks.

Initially, access to this version of Photoshop will be limited to "U.S.-based Adobe education customers with a paid Creative Cloud membership." Folks who meet those strict requirements can apply here on Adobe's website. Everybody else will just have wait for this "exclusive program" to become slightly less exclusive, I guess.

Interestingly, Adobe says the streaming version of Photoshop won't be restricted to Chromebooks. It'll also work on "any Windows device with a Chrome browser." The company also plans to make other applications in its Creative Cloud suite available in streaming form.

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