Originally Posted by Adobe Community Admin
Effective December 13, Adobe disabled the activation server for CS2 products and Acrobat 7 because of a technical glitch. These products were released over 7 years ago and do not run on many modern operating systems. But to ensure that any customers activating those old versions can continue to use their software, we issued a serial number directly to those customers. While this might be interpreted as Adobe giving away software for free, we did it to help our customers.
Adobe is playing a little spin game right now. We KNOW that CS2 runs fine on modern OSes. My father is happily using Photoshop CS2 on his Win8 machine. Runs beautifully. The only CS2 app with any real problems on Win 7/8 machines is Premiere. However, Adobe is now suggesting that all of these apps don't run on modern OSes to probably to deter from (more) people downloading something that they accidentally let slip.
Adobe simply won't (apparently) admit fault here or even try to put a positive spin on it. This could've been a major PR gain for Adobe, but it's looking more like an issue of plausible deniability. It's a Jedi mind trick. "This the not the app you're looking for. It won't run on your system. Move along." Anything, IMO, to keep from pushing Photoshop or their other apps into more competitive territory.
ATM, their products are looking more like EA games, mostly cosmetic when it comes to updates. They could be pushing Photoshop into bold, new territory and get it to do what apps like Mari do so well, but they're happier with incremental updates that add one or two big features each release. By being the de facto standard, they've got people where they want them. I mean, really, what are your alternatives? Photoshop has become synonymous with image editing and they know it. That's why they can keep it moving along at a casual pace.
Anyway, that's my $0.02. Wish their response to the incident was a little less corporate. This could've been an exciting move for Adobe.