Sorry that is not a fact just yet, it's still speculation.
The main reason I use Windows over Google's Chromebook or Apple is because Windows is(or was), by and large, an open platform when it comes to program distribution.
I'm referring to the Metro environment which is prevalent on Windows 8. Of course you can install unapproved programs on the desktop side of the system. Didn't MS already declare the desktop legacy? How much longer do you really think it will be around?
You have either misunderstood or have twisted the meaning of my post. Whenever did I say Windows or any of MS's programs should be free? What I am in favor is free**dom** of choice, the choice to install what I want and use it when I want without an all powerful third entity controlling my every permissible action.
I would pay for software that shuts up, stays out of my face with ads and does it's job. And when did smartphones become prevalent in this argument, the topic is about making windows 8 more intuitive for the non-touch desktop user.