Re: Microsoft claims it's doing this...
All small businesses that I used to look after all paid subscription for their CNC machines, milling machines, laser cutters, formers etc. You needed to in order to use the software.
We look after an ancient denford milling machine (with serial port dongle for license key) and THAT works in 8.1 (not tried 10 yet but it has worked since windows 2k), Denford are more than happy to help and we haven't paid them a penny in 15 years.
Small garages tended to have to pay for their diagnostic equipment (some like the merc and ford needed to be online), again these were subscription so pretty much guaranteed to work in windows of all version.