I have my fair share of complaints about Windows 8 that I feel are warranted and reasonable. I gave it a fair shot, it frustrated me a lot. That said, I have found 3rd party utilities that add or change the behavior of Windows that have taken away most of those frustrations and allowed me to use Windows 8 like it was Windows 7 and STILL have the ability to get into the Metro apps if I want (which is rare, but there are a few I do use). In fact, some of the utilities are customizable enough that they allow me to pick and choose to do more easier than Windows 7 (I love the ability to choose and not have something I don't like forced on me if I want to stay current).
I'll leave the "Microsoft should have and still should" rant out, but there are software packages that have at least made Windows 8 work like I want it to work.
Seriously you find hitting the windows key and typing an application name confusing? Righto!
Your always going to have to have stuff forced on you, it's called progress. Software gets updated from time to time, deal with it.