Max . . . Agree with you. Heavy duty computing still done on desktop using non-Metro Apps. It's like having the benefits of both a tablet environment and a desktop environment on a single system (of course, without the portability of the tablet).
Max .. .
Sounds like we're using Win 8 in exactly the same way. I've totally rearranged the start screen so that it contains every app, file and folder that I use frequently. I've also unpinned everything I don't use or use infrequently. It's nice to have some of the Metro Apps also instead of having to go to various web sites for news, market information, etc.
If you miss the Windows 7 Start Menu try using a program called Start8 from Stardock. It brings back the old look.
Don't miss Win 7 start at all. Much prefer Win 8 start screen.