Well sure there will be a desktop, you can access it via the Windows Key on your keyboard, but Microsoft is really pushing, Metro(it’s not called this anymore) Just do not expect a start button, that has been removed altogether.
“Microsoft is desperate to gain a toehold in the tablet and mobile phone markets they see as the main lines of computer use in the coming years. To help with that cause, they need applications developed for the new interface. So they are forcing our hand, making the not-Metro something that cannot be easily sidestepped, at least not without using third party applications. Rafael Rivera, an author with expertise in using Win 8, says that the known workarounds are now shut down.” source myce.com
Let’s face it, we will always need Microsoft, and what Microsoft wants, they get, and they want you to see “Metro”. Have they even renamed it yet? I guess it doesn’t really matter though. So how many businesses will adopt Windows 8? I for one can’t see it happening, unless they can make the keyboard shortcuts very intuitive, Windows 8 may be just a little wierd to use with no touchscreen, of which Windows 8 is optimized.