Contratulations, Win8.1 Update 1 now sucks less on a desktop. Compared to every other modern desktop OS it still sucks A LOT, though.
Its time to admit failure and bring back a UI that closely resembles Win7, at least as an option. Win7 was the highly polished (for Microsoft) end-result of a couple of decades of evolution. It does what Windows users want to do in a pretty decent fashion that over half a billion people already know how to work.
If we can't admit failure, give us something like OS-X. Or KDE. Or Gnome. Ad nauseum. There are a dozen or more shells out there that are vastly better than Win8.