Re: after Windows goes free
A big chunk of its money will come from selling subscriptions to the likes of Office 365 and other branded software.
Really, what this generation of Windows seems likely to be, is Microsoft's attempt to get people using its latest and greatest again. It's suffered in recent years with the XP and Windows 7 hangers on and with piracy as rife as it is in China, it just wants everyone using its best and most updated products, so that the experience they have with them is strong.
Rather than malware riddled messes that fail all the time, pushing people ever further away from Microsoft.