If you have been using/relying on it since Windows 95, you will feel that it's missing (that is, the Start button on the taskbar). It takes time to adjust to.
I personally don't like how it covers the whole screen. For a tablet PC, it's great, but for a desktop user, it's just eye candy, and not actually useful (ie. doesn't do more than the traditional more-compact Start menu).
It's more than eye candy. At the press of a button, I'm taken to a page where I can see my calendar, news updates, weather updates, social updates, etc. I love leaving the Start Screen open while I walk away, it has certainly got the attention of my room mates who are always asking about it.
I agree, but there will always be desktop-only users, who like using the traditional Start menu - why can't Microsoft make it optional?
I also agree with having a consistent UI across devices.
So I guess that makes my opinion neutral (non-biased)!
Always be? No. If you want to know why it's not "optional", it's this:
- Destroys the purpose of Windows 8, and the "re-imagining" of Windows.
- Destroys the uniformity of platforms.
- Creates a ****ty UX to support.
Plus, we have had an actual Microsoft employee on here (no, NOT me), explain that dragging out the code just wasn't working out. The menu wasn't removed on a whim. It just didn't support what Microsoft wanted to do.