Shouldn't need a 3rd party app to do what your users want. That is the problem with win8, during all of the beta's, consumers kept telling Microsoft what they wanted and MS ignored them - which is quickly becoming Microsoft's MO in all aspects of their business. The ONLY reason to go to Win8 is Touch. If you don't have a touch enabled device, it is a pain in the a$$, so why upgrade if your Win7 works like you want and the new OS DOES NOT work like you want. Most Windows users have learned to AVOID third party plug-ins like start8 because of malware or other drawbacks such as memory leaks or CPU cycles. As a result, the normal Windows veteran does NOT see that as a viable option to do what they are already doing.
What consumers downloaded the preview? Oh ya, nerdy tech people who are often power users and ironically attached to the old.
You people who act like the start menu being gone is some UI atrocity are ridiculous.
First of all, the old Start Menu was horribly inefficient. Having to roll over to "all programs" then scroll through a list of program FOLDERS, expand the app folder, then know which of the 3-4 links to click to open the app was a usability nightmare. Its one of the things I hated most about Windows. So you know what I did on Windows 7? I just pinned the apps I use to the task bar. Also, a lot of people use their desktop to pin short cuts to their apps. So guess what the Start Screen is? Its the natural evolution for the UI based on those patterns from the users. Another plus? Instead of having to click through all the menu folders, or click in the search box, you just start typing and it brings up the search!
Microsoft didn't just come up with the new UI out of their ass, they RESEARCHED users and found patterns. Their "building Windows 8" blog talks about a lot of that research and development. Go read it.
I've been using Windows 8 for 6 months now and I know I am faster with it. Its so much easier and quicker.
If you are so damned in love with that stupid start menu, go marry it and stop complaining.