I really don't understand all the negative press. On my desktops and laptops I don't use the new Start Screen or its apps too much. But I haven't used the Start Menu very much for many years either. All the most commonly used apps are pinned to the Taskbar, for those that aren't I'll click Start and then type in the first few characters of the app I need. I haven't traversed through the Start Menu in a very very long time. The only thing that's different for me is that instead of clicking Start and typing the first few characters of the app I open the Charms Bar and click Search and start typing in the app. It takes the exact same amount of clicks. For all the most commonly used apps, they're still on the Taskbar. Windows 8 hasn't really changed the way I use a desktop at all. Sure I may not use the Start Screen or the apps much, but I bet that'll change in time when there are more apps I would like to use. To me I see the start screen and apps as just an addition you can either choose to use or not. All my users are setup/trained to open apps this way too under Win7. When I’ve sat down and demo Win8 for them and let them try it out they really don’t see much difference aside from the Charms Bar. That goes for the Anim/Edit teams who are technical as well as the Admin/Sales team who are the furthest from technical a person can possibly be. I always wait a while before upgrading our office network fully to a new OS until the first service pack comes out. But so far I won't have any issues upgrading our teams to Win8 when the time comes. Microsoft has been weaning people away from the Start Menu for years. It feels like they started this way back on Win95, with the IE shell update that added the Quick Launch bar. Then it was integrated in Win2000/XP. Vista and 7 have integrated the Quick Launch bar into the Taskbar and gave it much more functionality. I'm really happy with Windows 8 so far. I think Microsoft nailed it. And I think time will only confirm this. I get all the old functionality I used to have and now I have a touch experience for my tablets that isn't isolated from my desktops and laptop. And it'll only get better with time. Microsoft has appeared to be all in here, and they are a juggernaut. I'm surprised I don't see any other posts of articles outlining this. Am I alone here in not using or caring about the start menu?