Adobe to Drop Support for Adobe Reader and Acrobat 8
Article by George Norman
On 09 Sep 2011
Adobe, California-based company that specializes in creating multimedia and creativity software products supports its products for a time period of five years. The company announced yesterday, the 8th of September, that two of its products have lived up those five years; they will reach end of life and consequently support for them will be dropped. The two products in question are Adobe Reader 8.x and Adobe Acrobat 8.x. Support for these two products will be dropped on the 3rd of November.

In case you are not familiar with the end of life concept, here’s what reaching end of life and dropping support for a product means: the developer will no longer release updates for the product, will no longer release upgrades, will no longer provide support for that product. Basically, it will cut all ties to that product and if you use the product, you’re on your own.


If you are on Adobe Reader or Acrobat 8.x, Adobe advises you to upgrade to the latest versions. “By updating installations to the latest versions, customers benefit from the latest functional enhancements and improved security measures,” explained the company.

And speaking of security, Adobe will release updates for Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat on Tuesday, the 13th of September, updates that are meant to address critical security vulnerabilities that plague the aforementioned products. Adobe has released a prenotification security advisory in regards to this topic; you can access the advisory by clicking this link.

Adobe releases updates for its products every second Tuesday of the month, just like Microsoft does as part of its Patch Tuesday program. Speaking of which, on September 13th, Microsoft will roll out 5 security bulletins (all rated 'important') that will address 15 vulnerabilities that affect the Windows operating system and the Office productivity suite. Read more about this topic here.

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