The monthly 50 free insertions for sellers who don't have a store is part of the basic fee structure, so any change would be announced well in advance.
The counter doesn't show up until you actually list one item.
Of course, no announcements yet to show changes.
Your listing numbers won't show until you list your first item, then it will say 49 left.
"will ebay still offer 50 free listings in 2014"
yes..... until the next change in Ebay's Fee Structure.
You can expect that to be announced roughly 30 days in advance, and to take effect sometime this Spring.