That doesn't work so well for locating apps by description or name. On my system: windows key + 'ca' + tab (Libre Calc is the second result at this point), + enter. Done. Or, launch the term, type 'loff', then tab, then '--calc'. The command line offers auto-completion, and no mistake, this is useful - in fact there are situations where I use this quite often, but for launching some piece of software when I don't need a shell, why should I bother?
That aside, I'm well aware other desktop environments offer some sort of search functionality. I was merely pointing out that since Gnome has no immediate plans to reverse course, Gnome 3.x is probably not the DE you're looking for. Like I said, lots of other options.
Perhaps my previous post was viewed as inflammatory by a lot of sensitive people who feel betrayed - but I'm not the one who is complaining, and I'm certainly not the one who is betraying. I just happen to like the new Gnome interface, and I suspect, in spite of the hostile nature of this thread, that I'm not the only one.