You're right but fortunately I'm still using Windows 8 Custoer Preview on a second HDD. I boot to it now and then to see if there are any Windows Updates that will "give us back" the items I mentioned above, not yet and maybe never.
It's a good thing that Windows 7 will be around until 2020. I can truly see Windows 8 going belly-up like Windows Millenium.
Touch screen users will adapt but not PC users who rely on fast mousing and just plain old familiarity with the rock solid navigation fundamentals of Windows since Windows 95.
Thanks for the response.