@wastingtimewithforums: The news of the death of the desktop was greatly exaggerated. This always happens when MS bring out a new technology; the PR machine goes into full swing telling everyone about the great new shiny bits. The PR machine focuses so much on the new shiny bits (because we all find them interesting) that they forget to keep telling people about the old bits that are still there, that are not dead, and are still used day-on and day-out. I see this again and again -- people panicking that the sky is falling down because no-one has made a new tutorial video on the previous technology for months, without realising that a large number of the tutorials are made my MS evangelists whose job it is to showcase the latest exciting bits.
I still write software using WinForms and ADO.NET DataSets. It's how I earn my living, it's what our customers want. It doesn't mean that I think WPF or WinRT are pointless, and it doesn't mean that I immediately want to change technology to keep up (although we probably will shift over the course of a few years but it's not guaranteed that we ever will).
I have a few Metro apps that I find useful, but just like all the other OS stores and markets there is an overwhelming number of useless apps to wade through to get to the gems.
It's not doom and gloom, it's not the end of MS; it's just a new aspect to add to all the existing aspects that MS still has.