CYaBro: Search is still the same in Win8, if you're in the new Start menu just start typing, otherwise hit the Windows logo key then start typing, and it automatically goes to search.

Huh. That's damned handy and much quicker. Always a good day when you learn something new. :)
Even on a 27" screen I'm finding the using the mouse to access the hot corners pretty painless though. 

Another painless upgrade: Win 7 Ultimate to Win 8 Pro on an HP mobile workstation that officially didn't even support Win 7.