Originally Posted by OtterBooks
RT aside, I'm guessing tabs that run a full edition of Windows on x86 architecture are going to allow third party software in the same manner as any other Windows machine. Actually there's no guessing involved
Except that MS won that one on the appeal just by not getting broken apart. It also has approval to lock any ARM-based Surfaces into Win8, so it wouldn't be a far stretch to extend monopolistic behavior to other parts of the OS as well.
The outcome of the election might determine how things really go, because each political party has a differing stance on how far government should go to regulate business, and whether or not Economic Darwinism is an inherently good thing.