I'm sorry but no, I wouldn't think. They didn't listen to the people who said they wanted to have a normal start menu on their non-touchscreen desktop PCs. Also, saying that you can't have a customisable Metro screen because of potential bugs is beyond ludicrous.
I'm a huge supporter of Microsoft... I make my living off supporting their products, for the most part. IMO in this case they got it 100% wrong. IMO Ballmer has said that this is the way it will be and screw everyone who thinks differently. That unwillingness to listen to others is a hallmark of his career and will hopefully be his downfall with Windows 8.
For many people, being able to customise your desktop to how they want it to be is crucial to them. The icon thing may not be a big deal to some people, but trust me, it will be a nightmare for me for some of my customers who do switch to Windows 8. The end result will be that many of them will go back to Windows 7. It will also result in others not even bothering to switch to 8.
You are wrong to say it's 'beyond ludicrous" to say it's because of bugs. For the one or several features *you* want, maybe, but not everybody wants the same features. If MS tried to please everyone or even a lot of people with unnecessary features, bugs and bloat would be a concern. The other OSes can get away with bugs, as the most commonly used software on the planet, MS gets raked over the coals for every single security bug that pops up in Windows, and business and governments pay the costs, and so on. Now maybe there's no reason to worry, but if MS displeases a critical mass of users and businesses/governments, it might mean their downfall. Personally, I could care less about random arrangements of tiles, and I just can't believe any other serious person would either, it would've showed in MS' usability studies if many people wanted that, you think MS doesn't want your money, or can't code it? I don't get it. If you just want to take a few shots at Balmer (isn't this a Sinofsky product mostly?) to make yourself feel big, well nobody's going to stop you..