Most have opted to use a 3rd party tool like Start Menu 7, Classic Shell, Start 8, and pinning the programs menu on the Start screen to get around the Start screen itself. Others simply pinned everything to the taskbar or as I did here add new tool bars onto the task bar if not some other method to get around the repetitive back and forth trips to the Start screen.
The power user who multitask simply looks at the Metro as the "Flop gui" while the novice is all thrilled with the "new look". For most however simply finding a way to disable the Metro entirely would be the preferred option in order to stay with 8. And many have simply opted to wait to see what MS will come out with after 8 has come and gone preferring to stay with what they have now!