@BitFlipper: I think that Metro apps are about all that are needed by most users, so I don't they'll notice.

I don't share the opinion that the desktop has been crippled, but YMMV. The way I use the Windows 8 desktop is unchanged from the way I was using Windows 7: Search for everything, pin lots of stuff to the task bar. Adding more applications within easy striking distance on the Start screen is just a bonus.