dcheney - 11:32 pm on Apr 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
If you think Microsoft will reconsider and dump the front end of 8 - consider its history.
Office 2007 introduced a completely different interface for Office (only worked on Vista and newer). With Office 2010, everyone got the ribbon interface. And did consumers like it? No. Most hated it with a passion.
Guess what - it hasn't gone away.
You may not like Win 8 tiles/metro/name-of-the-week, but you might as well get used to it.