Well, it’s an economic issue for Sketchup. It’s a program with a giant user base. However, 90+% of these users are only ever going to get the free version. So Trimble in their infinite wisdom have opted to discontinue the Make, which means that it’s going to start acting up as windows 10 updates become incompatible with it and nobody makes any fixes,(this has already happened to me, on an Intel machine. My AMD is still stable) thus forcing people to use the abysmally cr#p, stripped down free online version that is all but fraking useless so as to push away all of the free users who does not want to pay for a pro license.
This way they’ll get a much smaller market share, but chances are a lot more people will eventually and grudgingly pay for the free version after all.
It’s cynical, but regular corporate culture.
IMO a much, much better option would be to discontinue the free version all together, make a new version called SketchupHome with all of the features of Make and instead make it 10% of the price of the Pro version as an annual subscription. This would probably net them a far bigger income, be infinitely more fair, and chances are they’d retain a much larger portion of their users who now instead might migrate to 360 fusion which is also free, and a much, much better program.
These people are not idiots, they make cad programs for a living. It does not matter what they say, anyone who has ever done any meaningful 3D work will instantly recognise the free version as a giant flip off to everyone who has ever used Sketchup and a parody of a CAD program. It’s offensive and nasty.