Taking this perhaps a step further, I recall the days when most software package's had to be obtained via a cd-rom from the likes of PC World or other recognised genuine outlets . Even a new computer or laptop was supplied with a Microsoft operating disk, which could be stored away, to use another day.
Yes on some occasions there was 'bloatware', but most of us knew about this, and took necessary steps if needed.
All that seemed to change when most software had to be downloaded, and 'having your own genuine copy' was becoming a thing in the past. To me, this opened the opportunity for those that wanted to 'hack' any software programmes, because control either security or quality tended to lack what was previously expected.
So was this a supposed cost saving exercise, that is coming back to haunt some of us, and possibly those that are not so wise, until the day the computer takes over suddenly with problems that are becoming more harder to resolve.