macuser: I'm more than happy with 'metro' as a start/search function. Seems more useful than Windows 7 because the search is better at finding files/programs. It's also a breath of fresh air when I have 20 browser windows/explorer windows + all my desktop programs open.
Although I use the desktop environment for all my work and don't use the metro apps, I do on my surface pro 2/envy x2 as they offer a better touch experience and are smoother.
To me it's more disappointing that Microsoft is going back so quickly on all the features that it was confident that would push the company forward.
I have never once used the start button in Windows 8.1, as I learnt in Win 8 to use the start key on my keyboard.
you know what they say about assuming rumours on the Internet are true...