The trouble with waiting for Win 9 is that there may be just enough yuppies with a penchant for stupid who'll help make Win 8 a moderate success... meaning Win 9 will be more of the same. Personally, I think MS is determined that we'll get AND USE Metro irrespective of what we want... given its moves to block anything that eliminates/bypasses Metro in any way.
If anything, Win 9, 10 and 11 are likely to be even worse, with Metro and MS apps taking over more and more of the OS as time passes....
"This is Windows 11, the OS of the Future and what you need. You may not recognize anything when comparing it to Windows of old, but you will adapt and you will like it, or else. Moreover, it's a one size fits all solution to all platforms, Pads, phones, laptops, etc, and you will enjoy using it. If for some reason you cannot find a feature previously found in Windows, do not be alarmed, that was intentional. It doesn't matter that you've just paid $645.99 for your somewhat lacking and basic OS, because we've got you covered in our app store, where you'll be able to purchase such apps as Notepad, MS Paint and Windows Media Player using your [now frequently debited] credit card.
Now users, we have designed Windows 11 to totally suit ourselves, so if we have an OS phone home to alert us to a user trying to implement a traditional start button and/or start menu, we will send around a goon squad that will promptly remove his gonads. So be warned, Windows 11 is exactly how we like it and is NOT to be tampered with, okay! Now install it and enjoy."
Windows 8 is already RTM.
That may be so, but that does not mean said blocks cannot/will not go ahead. If they've not already been applied to the RTM, then MS has the authority as puppet master to implement them via updates. I too would like to think that I could use Win 8 as I wish and bypass Metro entirely, but if MS is intent on foisting Metro upon us by blocking these workarounds, which apparently it is, then blocks are what we're going to get.