Sources: Engadget, The Verge , 
quote: ...the button is in the same place and offers a pop-up Live Tile styled menu"
quote: The new Start Button works much like the Start Button of old.
quote: But Microsoft plans to allow users to show "All Apps" by default for those who don't want the tiled interface, my source said. In this view, selecting the Start Button will bring up the Start Screen with a list of apps with icons, and no tiles. Users will be able to arrange the icons by usage, allowing the most commonly used apps to be first. This view is the closest users will get to the Windows 7 Start Menu, even though it will be full-screen, instead of a list.
quote: Remember how people spread that 8.1 would cost Windows 8 users to upgrade but its going to be free upgrade?
quote: Check and mate. Utter retard.
quote: Start menu: Click start, move to programs, click on program(may or may not need a scroll)
quote: Start screen: Push windows key, type first 2 letters, click on icons.
quote: -working within 1/8 of screen without losing sight of your work.
quote: -cannot easily locate files and folders
quote: Start screen: not everything is available unless you search . If you forgot the name, then you're kinda screwed.
quote: I am always convinced by facts. You haven't presented any.
quote: No fixed organization or map you can remember to be more efficient.
quote: BS. The start page gives you 2D spatial organization ability, just like a desk, bulletin board, etc.
quote: Here's a great analogy:
quote: I listed actual pros and cons from actual experience.
quote: You listed junk that you just made up.
quote: Why is Win7 better for locating files and folders?
quote: Where is this study that says Win8 needs more brain activity to launch an app?
quote: How does the 2D customizability of the start page equal "No fixed organization or map you can remember"?
quote: Why is tabbed browsing so popular if full screen content changes make you lose track of work?
quote: Love how you try changing the topic with your chef reference. If that's not admitting defeat when your argument runs dry, I don't know what is...
quote: I just have problems with some people imposing their will on me as if win8 is better and it's my own inability to properly use it.
quote: I'm not going to pretend that living in the Metro UI is great for the desktop. Most complaints are about this. But using it simply as an application launcher? Or for searching? Once you pin your apps to the start page, you can objectively do things faster, and the only cons are aesthetics. Again, bookshelf vs filing cabinet.
quote: The most of your "large percentage" don't even try pinning apps to the start page and using it only as a launcher. I'm not even convinced that you have. They try Metro apps, find them inferior, and have a negative opinion.
quote: No, you clearly have a bigger problem than that. By your own admission, you think anyone who likes it obviously doesn't do serious work.
quote: Ok then stop arguing.
quote: What do you mean by objectively do things better? you must mean subjectively.
quote: Sure it works but it's still not space efficient and annoying.
quote: I think you are either lying or the only person I know that try to do real work on it.
quote: Multiple anything is a pain with the GUI in win8.
quote: obviously, you have never done any serious work with the PC platform.
quote: You're just a stubborn person.
quote: It's the nice way of saying "I'm tired of your BS that doesn't have any legitimacy behind it. I wish you luck on everything you do. Have a nice life"
quote: We've proven it had hinder user performance many times over.
quote: The touch interface and GUI is great for tablets and mobile devices for obvious reasons. However, it is a square wheel compared to PC functionality. In touch you only get 1 user input, the touch. In traditional PC input, you get the entire keyboard and mouse with all its buttons/scroll wheel.
quote: The start screen works with the M&K but it doesn't work as well as the Start Button. What part of that don't you understand?
quote: A desktop/laptop uses keyboard and mouse. A tablet doesn't. The Metro UI is made mainly for touch interface. MS said that themselves.
quote: Everyone using PCs is saying it sucks.
quote: I find the start screen works just as well as the start menu. Perhaps it's just because I use a keyboard + search functionality more than you.
quote: And I agree. Navigating metro apps is a huge pain with M+K, and on a laptop or desktop I think it's completely useless to work from within the metro interface. That said, using only the start screen does not require navigation between other metro apps, so I feel it would be unfair to classify it this way.
quote: I do feel that ultimately MS is heading in the wrong direction. Their primary goal is to make the experience across all devices consistent
quote: So you finally agree. I don't understand your second part
quote: Start screens needs less clicks and scrolling but more mouse movements, keyboard clicks, space, and eye movement.I don't understand why people are even defending this. It's obvious it is a touch based tablet style GUI. They tried to integrate it with M&K and it doesn't work as good.
quote: I guess you would tell me that everyone here is an idiot.
quote: For those of us who don't like to hunt and peck for information the Start screen is at least as good.
quote: Rather in either mode the button is in the same place and offers a pop-up Live Tile styled menu.
quote: The caption on the image also states that it's showing the Start "menu."
quote: You also have to understand that the screen size is not large like a normal desktop or laptop anymore. Smaller screens are more common now for ultrabooks and such being <12 in. More and more people are going to laptops or tablets and desktops sales are dropping like a lead brick. Pull down menus or pop ups are not an efficient use of smaller space. People want to be mobile but there should be a choice. I know I still like large power user desktops but this is not the norm now a days.
quote: And either way, you have to move your had from the mouse to the keyboard, type, then move your hand back to the mouse. That's a lot of time-wasting movement.
quote: Look at that screenshot. That's not the Start button. What that is a slap in the face of people who want the Start button.
quote: it's clear that the VAST majority of the market has utterly rejected the Metrosexual UI.
quote: I have met *no one* who likes Win8.
quote: The rejection of the Metrosexual UI is nearly universal.
quote: I have met *no one* who likes Win8. Out of hundreds of people I normally have contact with on a regular basis.
quote: Also, I don't know hundres of Windows 8 users. I normally come into contact with hundreds of Windows users, period - all of which have a personal opinion of Windows 8 from either having tried it on someone else's PC, or maybe just seeing it and playing with it in the store. A few of them have had Windows 8 foisted upon them against their will...like, because there's no new PCs with Win7 anymore available at normal retailers.
quote: None of them like Win8. Everyone who doesn't have Win8 wants to avoid it at all costs, and everyone with Win8 has me put Start8 on their machine and show them how to avoid the Metro UI altogether.
quote: Nice of you to purposefully twist my words though. But naturally, that's what liars do. And you're a horrifically bad person for being such a habitual liar
quote: Ah, the willful ignorance of the Win8 fanboi reality distortion field.
quote: Win8 has destroyed the PC market. OEMs and consumers both are forcing MS to backtrack. This is the greatest failure in the history of Microsoft...
quote: Now here's the real slap in the face: people like you have been crying for the return of the start button, and that is exactly what Microsoft just gave you -- no more, no less.
quote: I've set up a number of Win8 machines. For every person that I've done so for, they insisted on having Start8 installed and default boot to the traditional desktop. NO ONE even wants to see the Metrosexual UI, let alone waste a single second trying to figure out how to use it.
quote: quote LRonaldHubbs:Now here's the real slap in the face: people like you have been crying for the return of the start button, and that is exactly what Microsoft just gave you -- no more, no less.
quote: What you actually wanted was the start menu, but that's not what you've been saying.
quote: Um, no. That "start" thing they put in there is NOTHING LIKE the real Start menu. Not at all. It's an absolute waste of space, like the Metrosexual UI itself. No more, no less. The fact that you can look at that and even say something that horribly deficient is staggering.
quote: Metrosexual UI
quote: Ummm, ALT+F4 still works.
quote: it looks more like the Live Tiles are popping up on top of the desktop
quote: Start buttonThis one is interesting: According to Mary Jo’s source, the Start button will be enabled—on the desktop only—by default. It will look just like the Start charm in Windows 8, and be positioned in the same place as it was in Windows 7, but will of course trigger the new Start screen when clicked, and not the legacy Start menu. When you mouse into the lower left corner of the screen in any “Metro” experience, you’ll see the new Start button instead of the Windows 8 Start tip.But here’s the trick: If you do click this button, it will remain displayed on the desktop going forward. If you don’t, and instead use a hardware Windows key, the Start button will disappear and things will work as they do in Windows 8. You can of course manually enable and disable this button as you prefer.
quote: This one is interesting: According to Mary Jo’s source, the Start button will be enabled—on the desktop only—by default. It will look just like the Start charm in Windows 8, and be positioned in the same place as it was in Windows 7, but will of course trigger the new Start screen when clicked, and not the legacy Start menu. When you mouse into the lower left corner of the screen in any “Metro” experience, you’ll see the new Start button instead of the Windows 8 Start tip.
quote: In other words you can think of Windows 8 as perhaps the tech demo and Windows 8.1 as the finished product. It took a while, but the preview of that polished build is almost here.