The consequences to Microsoft releasing a free OS is that it steals all your data and sends it to Microsoft, the NSA and advertisers.
Great work, Microsoft! Keep it up!
But seriously, if I ever use Windows 10 outside of a VM, I’ll be nuking “features” left and right until my install resembles Sing Sing in lockdown after a riot.
Packets will desultorily crawl out of that OS after being beaten into submission by various firewalls, filters and data bouncers.
What’s really sad and scary about all of it is that is that just as with DRM most people just don’t care and are perfectly content to be just as their masters shape them.