Adobe announces end of Adobe Muse and Business Catalyst

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 27, 2018
Updated • May 22, 2018

A product announcement on the official Adobe Muse website reveals that Adobe will end support for the website building software for Mac and PC.

The company released a final feature update yesterday (March 26, 2018) and plans to release compatibility updates and bug fix updates for Windows and Mac systems until May 20, 2019.

Adobe won't block the execution of the Adobe Muse software after end of support but it won't address bugs or compatibility issues either after the date.

Existing customers may use Adobe Muse to create new websites or edit existing ones using the application according to Adobe.

Before we proceed with discussing alternatives, the Muse application will continue to open on your computer. You will be able to continue to edit existing or create new websites with the application. Adobe Muse will continue to be supported until May 20, 2019 and will deliver compatibility updates with the Mac and Windows OS or fix any bugs that might crop up when publishing Muse sites to the web. However, it is quite possible that web standards and browsers will continue to change after Adobe stops support for the application.

Published Adobe Muse websites and applications will be accessible after the end of the product. Adobe Muse customers who use Business Catalyst to host websites and services will have to publish the sites on another hosting platform.

While not explicitly mentioned in the Adobe Muse product announcement, Adobe announced on the Business Catalyst website that the service will shut down as well.

Development ended on March 26, 2018 and customers won't be able to purchase new sites starting with June 18, 2018. Sites hosted on Business Catalyst will be deleted after March 26, 2020.

Adobe will stop hosting existing sites on Business Catalyst on March 26th, 2020. Adobe encourages customers to download their data and migrate to other systems well before March 26th, 2020. Detailed how-to information and assistance is available. Customers' data will be retained by Adobe until March 26th, 2020, after which date the data will be deleted. Data retention is for the sole purpose of allowing customers to export their data and transfer to another platform.

Adobe launched Muse in 2012 as an easy way for designers and customers to design and publish websites without having to write code.

The product announcement gives two explanations that led to the discontinuation of Adobe Muse:

  1. Investments in UX design and prototyping skills when creating complex websites and applications.
  2. The emergence of Do it yourself website creators.

Adobe admits that there is no 1:1 replacement for Muse in the company's portfolio of apps and services.

It suggests to customers who build complex sites and applications to use Adobe XD, that customers who build websites to showcase their work to use Adobe Portfolio, and that customers who create "basic" websites to use Adobe Spark.

The company plans to introduce Do it yourself website creation capabilities to Adobe Spark later this year.

Companies that compute with Adobe have started to react on the news. Below is a video by Webflow which showcases the product and highlights migration to the company product.

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  1. Ole Dowson said on April 23, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    On March 26, 2018, Adobe discontinued updating Adobe Muse. In a month a very interesting software alternative had been released. Here’s a true story of moving from Adobe Muse:

  2. Andy Mundell said on April 8, 2018 at 8:49 am

    The Adobe BC Partner Community is collaborating to bring about a range of solutions for clients affected by Adobe’s announced 2020 closure of the Business Catalyst SaaS Platform. More information can be found at

  3. Duncan said on March 30, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Definitely worth taking a look at

  4. Jeff said on March 29, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    FYI no version of Muse was ever available as a standalone perpetually licensed product. It began after Creative Cloud greediness from Adobe so I say good riddance. Creative Cloud is exorbitantly priced, does not give value, features change too frequently over time (just like Windows 10), and there’s a TREMENDOUS amount of bloat and a HUGE disk footprint and memory load/tons and tons of services, processes and bloated crap running when Adobe’s CC is installed. I am glad that I stayed forever with pre-Creative Cloud versions and I know millions others who did the same. The sooner they get rid of the subscription-only nonsense and return to the product model with a lifecycle of 3-4 years for each release, the better it will be for our future and for Adobe’s future. They will get a lot more legit customers on-board if they cut the bloat and the subscription nonsense, currently all of them pirate CC or avoid it due to the bloat.

    Compared to big corporations like Google/Alphabet, Microsoft, Apple, Adobe is nowhere with a revenue of “just” $7 billion and net income of only 1 billion due to their bad decisions, greedy licensing model, exorbitant pricing and insane amounts of bloat.

  5. Jeff said on March 29, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Well Google Web Designer is a pretty good WYSIWYG HTML5 product. You still have to deal with some code but better than coding pages by hand.

  6. James said on March 27, 2018 at 8:32 pm
    1. Weilan said on March 28, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      I wish they will announce the discontinuation of Adobe Flash.

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