Improve the core experience. We will work to improve the everyday experience of developers and maintainers, and support the great work already started on the npm v7 CLI, which will remain free and open source. Some bigger features that we’re excited about are Workspaces and improvements to the publishing and multi-factor authentication experience.
Nothing overly substantive in the announcement. npm has had a lot of issues in the past few years in direction and management. I am sure the price of npm was well below their peak.