rhysb:nathan: honestly it gets better, I've been using Metro for a few months now and I hate going back to the old start menu now
The Metro start provides way more information than the old Start Menu ever did
Disclaimer: yes I am biased
Nathan, I think the problem is people feel that this change is being rammed down their throats. I don't want summary info on the start menu that takes up my entire 24" screen. I want to have my windows arranged how I like them across my screens so I can see the info I want. I don't want this dumbed down, full-screen user experience.
The new start menu seems to be very polarizing, people seem to either love it or really hate it.
Exactly, There have been Widget type things since Vista (Sidebar) and the truth is people don't really use them, One side of it is that you may see what you want a lot quicker but the other is that when you look for something you see a lot of things you don't want too.