After all, if the product is "free" how are you going to make a profit on it?
UPDATE: For some reason, starting in September 2016, this posting has gotten tons of hits. I am not sure why. It was just me bitching about the flash player. However, perhaps some folks are pissed off that Adobe is going "cloud" on us and using the subscription model.
I have an old copy of Acrobat 8.0 Professional (which you can find online for free) and it works fine. Adobe Reader DC, on the other hand, is a pain-in-the-ass as it keeps hijacking Acrobat 8.0 as the "default" viewer for PDF files from Firefox. I finally uninstalled it. It has so many sidebar menus and crap exhorting me to go on the cloud and pay them money. I just want to look at a document and then store it in MY HARD DRIVE thank you very much.
But apparently, this "cloud" solution is making money for Adobe, although not enough to justify the stock price. I guess some people and enterprises like this solution. But I wonder how many more are like AOL users (yes, they still exist!) who keep paying that monthly fee because they think they need AOL to access the Internet, or as one oldster told me recently, "I just like the old e-mail address and don't want to move!"
People are idiots. Sort of like paying $40 a month to a storage lot to store a rusted-out car that will never, ever run again.