Complaining about the start menu and metro in windows 8 is like complaining about airplane food at the Chuckle-Factory. I've been developing in 8/8.1 for months now, and the only time I even notice either is when I hit the windows key combination and forget the second key. It is literally never a problem in day-to-day work.
You obviously want to continue to use MSFT products or you love the abuse you seem to feel is being aimed at you, so embrace it.
It's like the whole 'clippy' period of MSFT hate. You know who never was bothered by clippy? Me. Because I turned that sh*t off when I found it bothered me. I'm not going to waste the fleeting years I have left before I turn to worm-food bitching about something that doesn't affect me or the people I love.
If you CANNOT work due to something in windows, that's one thing, but if you CHOOSE NOT TO then you are just creating drama for the sake of drama creation.