We are skipping Win 8 upgrade for the simple reason of inefficiency and loss of productivity.
How are you losing efficiency and productivity ? when the start screen opens just as fast if not faster, offers faster locate and click, allows MORE organized pinned favorite apps than the largest disorganized list of pinned start menu apps on 7. allows you to organize the pinned apps as you see fit, increasing organization and efficiency.
In no way does 8 reduce efficiency and certainly not productivity. for the majority of users it will increase efficiency.
For pretty much EVERYONE it will have little practical effect as most people at work have 1 - 3 apps open depending on the job they do. So the launcher being better has absolutely NO practical effect on their efficiency or productivity at all.
To people saying they shouldn't bring the start button back...
At first I thought it was dumb that MS got rid of it, then looking at screenshots, I thought it looked stupid not being there.
After trying Win 8, it's absolutely retarded that it's gone, seeing is that to bring up the Start Panel, you move the mouse cursor down to the lower left corner, then a little box pops up and you click on it to go to Start Panel. Now how much sense does that make?!? Would have been faster to just have the Start Button there and click it to still bring up that Start Panel.
I think people that do like Win 8 like the Start Panel, and I ain't saying it's bad, but what does removing the actual Start Button have to do with it, when you gotta click down there anyways? Think about it. Der.
Actually the removal of the start button makes perfect sense if you look past the desktop.
for the desktop, it's still there in the corner. and because of the metro apps, the pop out button needs to be there since you need a way to call the start button when in full screen metro apps. this allows you to have full screen apps and quick access to start without the taskbar taking up a significant part of the bottom of your screen and disrupting the metro experience.
So if they had kept the button, you would have had to buttons on top of each other. and as I said, it's not gone anyway, just hidden.
The start screen doesn't make any sense for me, I don't need a tablet interface on my computer. But as I said earlier, I think Microsoft should stick to their original plan, given the number of start menu replacements out there for me to use.
But it's not a tablet interface, and in fact it works in general better with a mouse and keyboard anyway.