Did you even read my post or the one I was quoting? Users are not given a choice whether or not to install Metro, and I think it's fair to say it's Microsoft's way of strong arming people into Metro and its market place. Otherwise we would of had choice, Metro would of been a separate shell or an add-on / replacement for Media Center perhaps. Both sides would be happy, well, except for the whiners.
"You seem to think that the built-in Store will be the only place you can get applications for Windows 8." You should stick to the facts and not make inferences based on your assumptions.
So Microsoft is supposed to just ignore Android's growth on tablets? Is Microsoft supposed to just let Android (and iOS) continue to take marketshare away?
As much as you haven't said so, that is what is happening right now - Android and iOS are in that ultra-low-powered-device space where Microsoft isn't.
No new offering (whether a full-fledged OS or an API for an existing one) can get anywhere without developers. Microsoft is late to the ultra-portable space.
The ONLY way to build up a large installed base - in a hurry - is to piggyback onto the existing base. That is something that Microsoft MUST do to compete with the already-out-there Android and iOS. (And I bet that most of you know that - the issue is that you are so into your *pure* mouse-biased - to the extent that the keyboard is seen as of secondary importance - UI that you really don't care about other means of interaction. Yes; the result is a kludge. However, that shouldn't be anything new to Windows users - Windows has *historically* been somewhat of a kludge; that is how it got the reach it has today. If Windows 8 did NOT try to move into the ultra-portable space, it would basically be *surrendering* to Android and iOS. That has never been Microsoft's thing - they don't surrender when their base is under attack. And - whether you realize it or not - that base IS under attack.)
Also, you don't HAVE to use - or install - so much as ONE WinRT app OR game. So far, I have ONE WinRT app that I run; the AccuWeather.com app (it directly replaced a Win32 ad-supported applet that sat in the TaskTray - AWS Weatherbug - because it uses fewer resources while still keeping me informed). Other than casual games, I have zero other WinRT apps. None. Zero. Nit. The reason why that is, is for the same reason that AWS Weatherbug got booted - they aren't fit replacements for the Win32 applications that they would replace. (Basically, I decided what applications got replaced with WinRT counterparts - not Microsoft. Every user of Windows 8 - as opposed to WindowsRT - has the same choice I do - nobody, not even Microsoft, is saying that you HAVE to choose WinRT just because you're running Windows 8. I'm not that stupid - and I doubt very seriously that any other user of Windows 8 through these Previews is that stupid, either.)
As to why I am quite happily going to stick with Windows 8, despite the lack of WinRT apps that I would use, the answer is quite simple - because of the benefits Windows 8 offers to the Win32 applications that I still run on a daily basis. (Same applies to the Win32 GAMES I play on a daily basis.) Those same benefits - greater stability AND largely improved performance - especially when multitasking - are missing from Windows 7, even with SP1 and all the hotfixes to date applied. In other words, Windows 8 beats Windows 7 for the same reasons that 7 beat Vista, and Vista beat XP - better performance and stability - running the same software and on the same hardware - compared to the predecessor. Period. Any other benefits - including WinRT - are basically icing. If you can't see that, fine. Stick with Windows 7 (which I have suggested to those thaqt can't get their heads around what Windows 8 has to offer). However, leave the name-calling at the door, please.