Re the post show: You’ve exaggerated Larry Page’s need of a “free space” (otherwise known as a lab) to explore more ideas, to death. Good job. Horse, beaten, dead. Not entertaining or interesting. Move along?
I guess I don’t see the work being removed from my field of view as a bother. The time it takes is so minuscule. If I had a traditional start menu would my focus not be on the menu for just as long anyway?
You’re not missing the start menu. You just never used it the most efficient way in Windows 7 in the first place. Which was Win key, then start typing. Windows 8 is the same. Hit the windows key, start typing, hit enter to open your software. This assumes you don’t already have a shortcut for it on your taskbar or desktop anyway, in which case you don’t need to leave the desktop. If you’re looking for anything else like the control panel, device manager, etc, it’s all right there in the lower left corner with a right click.
People continued to use Win 7 as they did XP. This was everyone’s mistake. Now Win 8 takes it the next step, and all the “XP or DIE” people are lost. Whenever I get on a Win 7 machine now it feels old and clunky to even see a start menu. What is it for?