Okay, understood. I've known since Nadella's maiden speech that he was going to turn Windows into a subscription OS. Frankly I don't have much trouble with that idea, if the OS worked. I pay for light and gas that way. But the OS doesn't work, and it makes MSFT the policeman over all my private data if I use it, so even if it did work, I can't use it.
An operating system shouldn't carry a subscription fee model, because an operating system carries functions that are incompatible with it--if the subscription is accidentally canceled, terminated by the manufacturer, problems with payment etc. I don't pay a subscription fee to wear my shoes or for my heart to pump a certain amount of cycles.
Think of it like this, you pay for [only] the gas that will be used by the vehicle; with the subscription model you would be paying for gas that you theoretically wouldn't be using if the car isn't
being driven 24/7. Even worse, let's say that Microsoft were to implement 'subscription fee' for owning the Surface. And if you don't keep up on your payments they take it back along with all of your data.
A subscription fee makes sense for software developers to get more profit, but there are some things that shouldn't have a subscription to use. And I think an operating system is one of those since it is necessary for the hardware to function
So you can't have hardware without an operating system, or an operating system without the hardware: they're inseparable. Therefore a subscription fee model means the hardware is only ever useful with continual payments. You don't have any [control] over your hardware with that type of model. If my old computers held that model, I wouldn't be able to use them to this day since the software has long since depreciated and no longer supported by any of the manufacturers, both on a hardware and software level.
Even worse... subscription models require 'the internet'. I don't want all of my computers on the internet 24/7. It would be like if you had to keep your car connected to the gas station, well, you're not going to get very far!
...Of course there are exceptions, but I want pure control over my hardware. There's way too many people against subscription based models for MS to implement it into windows gracefully (which actually increases piracy), so Microsoft could actually propel more people into using Linux.