I know most users don't take advantage of this functionality, but for me, bookmarks and favorites are like my start menu to the web. I've always enabled the Favorites function of the start menu in Windows 7 and prior, and I've gone so far as using Xmarks to keep IE favorites synced with my other browser bookmarks so it stays up to date.
With the push to web apps and a stronger reliance on the web as a platform, it only ever struck me as natural that bookmarks would become just as important as the All Programs menu to the user who doesn't want to rely on search for every site they visit regularly. We've even seen the ability to pin sites to the taskbar because the people building our browsers realize what the web has become (and yet favorites on the start menu continue to be disabled by default).
But now I'm running Windows 8, and I love learning all the little tricks, but it strikes me that bookmarks/favorites have become only more alienated by the OS. Favorites aren't a part of start menu search, and I haven't been able to find any way to have them represented by the OS short of creating a folder on the task bar.
Is there something I'm missing? Or has this just become one of those forgotten functions?