Adobe has announced the beta of Photoshop for Windows 10 on ARM lor last November. The publisher announces this week the official availability of this recompiled ARM version of its popular photo editing software.

The arrival of Macs with Apple M1 processors has not only changed the world of Apple brand computers, but also prompted software makers to take Windows on ARM a little more seriously.

In the Mac universe, Adobe is gradually moving its entire Creative Cloud suite to the M1. After Lightroom was made available very quickly, the publisher launched M1 versions of Photoshop in March, then Premiere Pro and most recently Adobe Audition.

With Photoshop for Windows on ARM, Adobe gives a hand to Microsoft

The availability of Photoshop on Windows 10 on ARM shows that the company is not focusing all its ARM porting efforts on M1 but is also initiating a migration to the Windows universe. For Microsoft, this support has become critical. Having a giant like Adobe on your side weighs heavily in order to impose ARM processors in the Windows universe (with Qualcomm as hardware partner) to seduce the public with its latest Surface Pro X laptop (one of the very rare ARM machines under Windows). Even if Windows on ARM incorporates an Intel emulation, it has a performance deficit that doesn’t allow you to use heavy applications like Photoshop to the fullest. Enough to distract users who now find very interesting devices in the Intel universe, especially since the introduction of 11th generation Core processors.

Therefore, Surface Pro X and ARM ultra-mobile PCs will only be able to truly appeal to users when core Windows applications have been recompiled on ARM and the advantage of this platform will be demonstrated.

Waiting for this, Adobe on its official page, discovered for the first time by Windows Central, lists the system requirements which obviously include a device ARM Windows 10 64-bit v19041.488.0 (Win10 20H1) with at least 8GB of RAM, although 16GB is recommended. Additionally, the following features are not supported natively:

  • Import, export and playback of embedded video layers
  • Shake reduction filter
  • Invite to Edit workflows are not supported. For alternative ways to send invitations over the web, see Accessing and editing shared cloud documents.
  • Preset Sync is not turned on by default
  • Windows Dial support
  • Generator and related features
  • Opening or placing U3D files
  • Launching Photoshop from Lightroom’s “Edit To” command
  • Oil paint filter
  • Spell check and hyphenation for Hebrew and Arabic languages
  • Marketplace Plugins panel

Adobe has indicated that these features will be added later, but has not yet said when exactly. More information is available on the Adobe support page.