Microsoft And Adobe Team Up To Make Creative Cloud Totally Touchable

It’s already been a big week for Adobe, which is hosting the Adobe MAX conference in Los Angeles. The company unveiled new and improved apps for mobile devices and desktop computers, and also announced a joint effort with Microsoft to improve Photoshop and Illustrator on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. If you’re a creative type and you have a Surface Pro 3, you’re in for a treat.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with Adobe Illustrator CC. Image Credit: Microsoft

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talked up the partnership between the two companies at the Adobe MAX keynote and gave event goers a look at how the software has been changed to better accommodate touch on the Surface Pro 3. (They also promised to give event attendees Surface Pro 3s).  Both Illustrator and Photoshop have new touch workspaces that are meant to give you access to many of each program’s tools with either the touch of a finger or a stylus, known as the Surface Pen.

The work spaces mean that you can return to the desktop-centric versions of Illustrator and Photoshop easily. As others have pointed out, that sounds a lot like Microsoft’s Continuum feature, which is going to be a part of Windows 10. And that’s good news – moving between touch and mouse modes should be a piece of cake in any software.