The Start menu has returned, and it's name is 'Start8' (tried them all, and this is by far the best). Sometimes Microsoft doesn't furnish a particular application, or just a very basic application. Reaching out to a third party application supplier is always a great choice.
This topic has been clubbed to death like a baby seal, but I don't think there has ever been a simple yes or no poll. I tried searching for one but didn't find anything.
The reason for this poll, is because of the Editorial on the front page
Windows 8 users still want a Start menu and a Facebook app
While this isn't the entire Windows 8 user base it is part of the Neowin user base.
Sadly the start menu is most likely never returning to Windows.
So basically if you need a Start Menu go out and add it on. Jeez, does Microsoft always have to be the only solution to a non-existent problem!