The vast majority of people that actually use W8 have no problem with the start screen and a lot of the ones that stayed away because of bad word of mouth have no real idea what the supposed problems are, they just hear 'it's bad' and that's that. See Vista. I know way more that never tried 8 but don't know what's so terrible about it than I know users who ditched 8 and I fear MS is going to do more harm by backpedaling instead of organically improving what they now have. The first screen kinda makes sense but seeing a screenshot of the old, dusty start menu makes me realize that I don't miss it at all.
I tried 8, wasn't impressed by the demonstrator model in my pc world.
waited about a month and bought it, just for the hell of it, had too many problems putting it on my son's machine took me a day to lose all patience with it, (intermittent wifi, random driver issue bsod) gave up. (even vista never gave me that much of a headache)
I'm not calling you a liar, but in my case, my experience of using 8 was not pleasurable, when it would work, yes, it was nice, but the headaches for me outweighed the benefits