Corporations are particularly upset over this, because they (rightly) see huge employee retraining costs in their future. Quite frankly, I expect most corporate IT shops to take a pass on Windows 8 entirely for exactly this reason.
So what's an IT tech nerd to do? How to square the circle of a locked in, fascist OS redesign with the need to provide the familiar to the poor users? Open Source to the rescue:
Windows 8 users need not do without a Start button, thanks to an open source application titled Classic Shell that can banish the Interface Formerly Known As Metro (TIFKAM).The irony of Microsoft being saved from the consequences of their arrogant mistake by the Open Source community is about as delicious as anything that I've been seen in ages. It would be like the Tea Party pulling Obama's fat out of the fire of Obamacare.
El Reg's antipodean lab installed Classic Shell on a Windows 8 RTM virtual machine running under Oracle VirtualBox on Mac OS 10.7.4. We can report that the application installed without a hint of trouble, and as soon as we clicked in its shell-like Start button we were offered a nice set of options to arranged Windows 8 so that it resembled versions of Windows past.
We live in a strange world, likely one stranger than we can possibly imagine.