@aral I'm assuming that the 'catch' is the telemetry stuff they build into the majority of their products now. You can turn it off in VSC but how many people know that and will do so?
The world has become a battleground for 'your attention/data' and the distribution of such software is the tooling required to collect that info.
At least it is open source so that crap can get ripped out. 🙂