bill - 2:18 am on Apr 17, 2013 (gmt 0)
I don't have any special hardware manufacturer's add-in Start menu replacements on most of my machines, yet I hardly ever see the Metro interface. I work in the desktop of Windows 8 all day long.
Here's a tip. Drag the Desktop icon to the top left position of the Metro screen on Windows 8. That becomes the first default selected app when Windows 8 boots. As soon as your PC boots, hit Enter, and you'll be in the Desktop.
I don't see any problem with Microsoft re-adding this functionality in Blue. If that's what is turning sentiment against the OS why not add it back, at least as an option.