A worrying development - but is anyone actually surprised?
I wrote the following to explain it to a non-tech-savvy friend ...
Basically it boils down to new computers later this year will be supplied with a new version of Windows 10 called Windows 10S.
The upshot to this is that you wan't be able to install any programmes unless you buy them from Microsoft.
So you want to download a free programme from the internet like LibreOffice (an excellent free alternativeto Microsofts expensive Office package) - well tough you can't ... unless the developers of that free software PAY Microsoft to put it into their store - and how many people writing free software can afford to do that.
Another example - you go out and buy a new printer - let's hope the printer manufacturer have paid Microsoft to include the software that makes the printer work in their store or you won't be able to use it.
Of course there is a way to overcome this - everyone that buys a new computer with Windows 10S PAYS Microsoft a fee to unlock the computer to get a proper version of windows that lets you do what you want!!!
I predicted when Microsoft offered free upgrades to Windows 10 that they would find a way to charge.
My guess is that they will upgrade the free versions to Windows S and then you wil have to pay them to unlock it again. And at some point they will upgrade to a version that requires an annual subscription.