I like WIndows 8. Its faster..just when it first debuted, much like Windows Vista, there was poor driver and application support. Some of the features on my HP Envy 17 did not work until a couple months later. I hear rumors that 8.1 may be coming free in April. For us creative nuggets, Project Spark is free for Windows 8 users, so that may give someone somewhere incentive on getting the operating system.
I personally never use the start menu. I always would search in it anyway or do a "run" command. The start menu is next to useless and only serves to teach the less computer saavy. It also baffles me with the new start menu on 8.1, I never use it. Pushing the windows key is much faster than scrolling down to the bottom of the screen and its more insulting imo for people that have complained about the start menu in the original Windows 8. Almost like saying we can change it but we are not going to because we want to keep the experience different.
Although, if you right click the windows start logo, you will get somewhat of a start menu, just much uglier.