Oh OK. Yeah I have a feeling that isn't going to come to win 8. They sort of drew a line in the sand that the start is the live tile thing. Update 1 allows, among other things, to have the desktop wallpaper underneath it so it feels more cohesive... and that looks like their current direction. But who knows?
Like you I don't use Start that much, but when I'm there (win8 tiles) I just start typing, with search anywhere, and when i see what I want I hit enter. That's one change I really liked in Win8. Oh and I don't really like those "start" addons either... Popular at my work, but I don't like 'em.