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Look more like they are not backing down look more like they are trying to lower the noise level their new update policy is creating. By adding a window for old customers that allows them to take advantage of their old policy during 2012.
I plain on downloading a trial version of CS6 and if the bugs the were introduced in CS4 and CS5 have been fixed I will upgrade. If not I'll upgrade my laptop to an OS that can run the vew version of Lightroom to get Adobe Raw support and revert back to Photoshop CS3 to have a working version. IMO the new features and changes Adobe make to Photoshop have little value and seem to cause impact on ones work-flow because removing features and user interfaces introduces comparability problems which break ones Photoshop environment.
The following is what is on the Adobe Web about their new update polcy
Adobe’s new Creative Suite upgrade policy, which goes into effect in the first half of 2012 when Adobe Creative Cloud™ and Creative Suite 6 are released, will require customers to be on the most current version of Creative Suite in order to qualify for upgrade pricing when new versions are released. This means that customers need to be on CS5 or CS5.5 in order to receive upgrade pricing when CS6 is released.
To ensure customers have the opportunity to evaluate both Creative Cloud and CS6, Adobe will extend an introductory offer to CS3 and CS4 customers for special upgrade pricing on CS6 until December 31, 2012. This will give CS3 and CS4 customers an upgrade path to CS6 or the option of moving to Creative Cloud (which will include all of the CS6 products, creative services, Adobe Touch Apps, and more). Customers who remain on CS2 or earlier will not be eligible for upgrade pricing for CS6 but will be able to move to a Creative Cloud membership.