I'm using it as my primary OS and haven't felt the need to boot back into Windows 7 for quite a while.
It's noticeably faster then Windows 7 on my computer, and I can boot in 40 seconds instead of several minutes.
I have everything running in it now that ATI came out with drivers for it.
The drivers support OpenGL which the Microsoft ones didn't so now my 3D software all works.
My games run great, some of them better then in Windows 7.
You really don't have to jump through hoops to make it work conveniently.
I run it all from my desktop just the way I did in Windows 7.
Here's my Windows 8 desktop...
This looks almost identical to my Windows 7 desktop.
Here's way to give yourself a easy start menu.
I've done this for a long time, just as a convenience and if you don't like the Windows 8 start screen this makes it unnecessary with no third party software.
Save a link to every piece of software on your computer in a folder the desktop. Even the ones that appear elsewhere.
All you have to do is open the folder and there is an alphabetical list with icons and links to every program on your PC.
I usually just copy a link there when I first install the program and set up my desktop.
On my computer it's the blue icon with the arrows pointing in all directions and the bottom of the column on the left.