So I have first hand experience of what its like to have your work "stolen" and won't do it myself. Regardless that MS is a corporation and not a person.
To me, a free windows OS is just a platform to get us, users, ripped off. To make a jump from paid to free OS smells fishy.
I don't like the subscription trend either.
I've used Adobe products for decades.
Everything from Photoshop, and Illustrator to Indesign and Premiere.
I've updated Photoshop since version 2.5.
Now they want everyone to pay a monthly fee to use their software.
I am CS4 level and that's where I'm going to stay.
I'll just use what I have for the rest of my life.
I'm 76 so that's a real possibility. LOL
Least see has Microsoft put it out that they are going with the subscription method, or is this just someone attempting to perpetrate a silly rumor to get everyone up in arms. Truly haven't seen anything from Microsoft that indicates they will be going with this method. Until it comes to past really see no reason to worry. . .
This is a good topic for discussion whether it is a rumor or not. At least, if MS is browsing this forum, they will have an idea how some people feel about the idea. It's not about worrying but rather voicing opinions.