Personally, I hit WinKey, type what I want and get what I want.
WinKey, type DNS, hit enter, I get a DNS console.
WinKey, type powershell ise, hit enter, I get a Powershell ISE.
WinKey, type steam, hit enter and I get my games.
Never before has Windows listened to me.
How people cannot want this? I don't know.
The issue is that this was the same in 7, better in fact. In 7 you only had to type "powershell" and it would show PowerShell AND the ise, in 8, you must fully type "powershell ise" perfectly for it to be even an option. On top of that, in 7, the ise link was the actual program, in 8 its actually a PowerShell script that launches the ise, increasing startup time (not by much, but its noticeable).
Another fun example is Windows Remote Assistance. I use this a lot with my parents and in 7, I simply had them type "remote assistance" and it would show up as "Windows Remote Assistance", in 8, you can still type that, but now its hidden under "settings" (even though its technically an app) and its called "Invite someone you know to connect to your PC and help you, or help someone else". How does that make any sense?
I just don't understand how the awesome search in 7 is now terrible in 8. Example - 7 - start + "power options" + enter = Power Options vs 8 - start + "power options" + enter = nothing, I have to add two down keys and then hit enter now. Its annoying.
I'm all for progressing Windows to fit the new era of computing, but not when it comes with the price of a loss of functionality and ease of use.