[/QUOTE]Have you ever heard of desktop short cuts? Or Task bar? Really now![/QUOTE]
My point exactly.
The old menu is obsolete.
I use my "Task Bar" for the "real work" & charms for general "Browsing".
I went back to Win7 on one of my computers, by using another drive that I physically reformatted to get rid of the "Reserved" partition, installed Win7. Spent a few days with it, then put the Win8.1 drive back in!
I guess you can say I was convinced! Good thing I have a number of HDs around!
I have 4 desktops in different states of use, a SONY VAIO lap top & a SURFACE tablet that I always take to the
loo when I do my morning business!
I am retired & have my computers to keep me involved. Just received a MS LifeCam Studio.
This will keep my busy for awhile.
I have the programs I use every day on my taskbar, IE, Outlook, Media Player, and the one or two games I may be playing. Quick easy access. Other frequently used programs and Apps are on my main Start Screen. Everything else is on the All Apps screen. I find the All Apps screen a bit to cluttered to use it as my Main Start Screen. Being able to span the Start Screen across multiple monitors might be interesting. All of my PC's are now running 8 or 8.1.
Welcome back Cokey! Glad to see you exuberance hasn't waned!
I paid $3 (Aussie) for StartIsBack, which includes StartIsBackPlus for 8.1, and have Metro start screen totally switched off so I never see it. So I don't care whether they bring it back or not ... I want my $3 worth! LOL!
But for the average Joe who wants something that works straight out of the box, 8.1 doesn't cut it ... especially since IE11 doesn't work until the DNS address is manually changed; without even mentioning the Start Menu.
As has been repeated ad nauseum, Smart fone GUI for mobile devices; Classic Start Menu for desktops.
So I have to agree that Metro interface and Apps or not useful on a WS or NB, and actually hinder productivity.
Were both using Android smart phones and have no plans to change that at all.
My NB win 7 HP, stayed that way until 8.1 was released. I have clean installed to 8.1 pro to my Admin User account, using Classic Shell, and gpedits to boot directly to log in\desktop Disabled all hot corners. Changed all programs to open in my default desktop Programs. Looks and feels just like my win 7 only on 8.1 steroids. Still working on getting rid of all the Metro stuff completely. I still have the Gadgets that I like to use. Might consider Desktop apps when one comes along that I want to use. actual hoping that the gadgets I use actually get re written as Desktop apps