Guy N said:
Show me the competing stores that sell Metro applications. Show me the free Metro applications. What Microsoft's done is to shove all of its competition to the back of the bus.
Windows 8 isn't just a mobile OS with limited capability the way Android is. It's supposed to replace all the desktops that now run Windows 7 and earlier. Microsoft's objective is to replace all those desktops with software purchased exclusively from Microsoft.
Android isn't Linux. Maybe it used to be, but its purpose is entirely divergent. There's no point of commonality where you can begin comparing them. ›››
The free Metro applications are right in the store, there's even a "Free" category (at least it was when I was using Windows 8 some time ago.
Now, about Windows 8 replacing all the desktops running Windows 7. It's probably going to happen, but there are 2 versions of Windows 8.
Windows RT - it's dedicated for mobile devices with ARM processors, mostly tablets/hybrid devices. This version is restricted to Metro applications only because of its architecture and the fact it supports only ARM processors. So Windows RT is basically something like iOS on iPad - which also doesn't allow any other app stores and applications.
Windows 8 - it's running on a different kernel and is compatible with x86 processors. This is the Windows 8 version you will see on laptops or PCs and this one is not limited to Metro applications and MS app store. You can run Steam or any other competing app store you want on devices with Windows 8.
So, while I'm not against Linux because I don't use it and probably never will, I am against the argument that MS is trying to "replace all those desktops with software purchased exclusively from Microsoft" because it's just not true. On desktops you have Windows 8 where you can run and purchase any software you want from any source you choose. MS app store is just an addition there, probably rarely used by desktop users.