Why persist with the tin hats about this?
You know that saying "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that they aren't out to get you" ?
You can add to that this Niemöller quotation:
"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."
I'm a reasonable, rational, common sense person and if I can see the writing in the wall, so can everyone else.
Look around you, this is in no way limited to Microsoft and computers, it is happening everywhere in Western culture! It is no longer limited to the 'tin foil hats' camp, people are literally being told what they can and cannot say and how they should think. Anything that does not conform to the desired narrative is labeled as 'hate speech', they go after your job and you are labeled a 'monster' regardless of how noble (or not) your intentions are. This is already happening, it has already happened. This is all about forcing people to do something they do NOT want to do and silencing or ignoring their voices and the voice of common sense in favor of ideology.
I know it sounds like I am going completely off topic but if you really dig deeper into this I think you will come to the same conclusion I did, that all this is related. Microsoft would never DARE do something like what they did with Windows 10 a few years ago, the backlash would have been incredible then.
Now, speaking only about software: Adobe's Photoshop, Office, both extremely popular and widely used applications, once stand alone, are now already subscription based services. What makes you so convinced that Microsoft would not try the same with Windows that you put it in the 'tin foil hats' camp? Things are clearly going in that direction with Windows 10.
Furthermore, why is Microsoft still pushing UWP apps if their very reason of being (seamless integration of mobile vs desktops) is a mute point now that MS is no longer in the mobile business? Isn't it because Microsoft's OTHER reason is to destroy Win32 - which they cannot control - and create their own walled garden with the UWP apps, just like Apple did? If they pull it off, developers have no choice but to use the Windows Store to publish their stuff - and that gives Microsoft complete control over what gets published and not as well as a 30% cut on everything sold through them, of course.
Great move for Microsoft, but for the rest of us, not so much.
The point is, MS has a monopolistic position and this is the only reason they are able to get away with what they are doing. They are ABUSING that position, like they did before - and isn't precisely this that caused the DOJ to intervene all those years ago? So why isn't someone doing something now?
Never mind, I can answer that: because before it was about protecting the interests of other businesses, now it's about protecting the interests of consumers.