As it stands, no. The metro designed apps in Windows 8 are more internet content based. If Microsoft was smart, they'd design the core Windows Desktop apps in a proper metro form, with full feature sets of those Desktop counterparts. Also, if they used the Radial menu design in a File Explorer app, that would be REALLY awesome!
Currently I cant survive only in Metro, and the answer is quite simple: Most of my production softwares are desktop based.
People are often led by media opinion. I think most people who think Windows 8 sucks haven't really tried it. Or they tried it for 5 minutes or a couple of days and decided it was no good. People haven't really tried it. To truly get to know a new OS, you have to run it for a couple of months. People also need to understand that 8 is not 7, and that was intentional. It has to be viewed as a brand new OS, not an iteration. Microsoft haven't helped themselves with their crummy marketing either.
Of course not, would be totally crippling. The OS itself is very good, but the restricting (and on top of that, ugly) phone UI is useless for my work\use\needs.Can you survive in Windows 8's modern UI alone?
Edit: But the rumors seems to indicate MS may start thinking straight again after a long delirium, and offer a useable product later this year. Looking forward to that.
Survive? Sure, but being productive with the metro UI only, not a chance. I have two screens with multiple programs open at once working between and exchanging data with them. Having a metro program consuming the whole screen isn't made for using multiple programs at once. Even the split screen isn't a real solution to having a flexible and functional desktop.
One of my monitors died today, which means I'm pretty much working in Windows 8 MPI mode, as I no longer have the ability to open programs on two screens and, for example, searching things on one screen while having a related activity happening on the other. Splitting one screen is simply awful. This is a pain in the rear and a new monitor is on it's way (not touch either - why pay 3x plus the price for something you won't use). So working in Microsoft's desired mode of single-tasking is about as painful as it gets.
It makes the whole exercise even MORE absurd if you have say an Ultrabook with a nice powerful i7 processor in it -- that poor processor probably wouldn't even be at IDLE speed. !! What a total waste of using a computer. I don't have an issue with this type of working on a mobile phone -- but a computer !!!.
Having a FIXED number of windows even on a smaller monitor is obviously IMO a BACKWARD step -- what on earth is wrong with having re-sizeable overlayable windows where the USER can arrange these according to HIS / HER needs rather than a fixed format - I sometimes have 4 or 5 Market trading (Stocks) sessions open at once, two IE sessions, an email window and usually a session where the Forum is being displayed. Even on a 14 inch screen this is quite do-able.
Fixed metro with a limited number of sessions is an ABOMINATION for a lot of people.
Initially, it felt like someone had put a patch over my right eye, with that blank screen on the right; but later it became evident that my workflow has slowed by around a factor of three, because I didn't have the luxury of the second screen. In the days of pure paper, you'd lay out documents on the desk and be able to look at them all at the same time and cross-reference etc while taking notes et al. Without the two screens, it's akin to having a desk only able to hold one document at a time.
This is unbelievably frustrating.