Thanks for the comprehensive comment false agent. I agree with lot of things you say. W8 is a bolt move by MS and a good tablet OS and the surface hold lots of promise for the future, but that is not point here. The point is the current implementation of W8 on desktops.
Blaming consumers for not being able to adjust to W8 on a desktop is just as lame an excuse as Jobs telling us we are holding the iPhone wrong. I can design a car with the steering wheel in the back and tell you not to complain and adjust, but it still is impracticable.
Basic design failure, pointed out by millions, hastily repaired, does sound like corporate agenda to me. Thank god for consumer power.
Closing statement: for now real work gets done in desktop mode be it on a desktop pc or a surface, so metro is a nice option to play with but should not get in the way of the real work, the real windows, especially on a a desktop.
Yes how the desktop works in Windows 8 is pretty bad, and they are making things right, but like I pointed out, it isn't just Microsoft that has to adjust, users/market need the time to adjust as well. It really works both ways. The fact that you said "desktop = real windows" in your closing statement is only showing how much users have it drilled in their heads that "PC = desktop + windows + taskbar + start menu", which is what I said in my previous post, an unwillingness from users to re-learn how to use their PC's.
Depending on how you see it, I'm either blaming no one or I'm blaming both Microsoft and the users/market.
It's a gridlock of users wanting both familiarity and new features in their computers while somehow not expecting too much things to change and re-learn. Of course Microsoft is going to change things, because users demand new features, but users also demand familiarity, with was definitely an oversight on Microsoft's part. Now, Microsoft is putting the start menu back, but what would really take Windows forward would be having Metro apps on the desktop, not the desktop itself. Metro apps are designed for touch, so either way, users are still going to have do some re-learning and face this future. These are not "basic design failures", that is over-simplifying. These are tough decisions, and again, thank god we're not the ones making them.
The Desktop is dead, not because Microsoft is killing it, but because it has been already dead for a long time, the most popular apps are more than a decade old, things like iTunes and Office. The most popular app on the desktop is Google Chrome. It is not Microsoft's decision to kill the desktop, users and developers have already chosen to drive it into the ground.
Apple and iOS will have similar challenges going forward, as Apple will surely attempt to add new features that results in dramatic changes. iOS 7 is enough evidence. And please, no more car metaphors.
We also don't know if putting back the start menu is the solution, like what FryLock86 said, the start menu that returns in Windows 8.2 will probably not be like the one we all are familiar with from Windows 7. It will be different (again), it might cause another uproar among users, and it will probably require more re-learning on the users' part. I can't wait for the trolls to bash Microsoft all over again.
The only inherent benefit that I can think of from having a start menu over a start screen at this point, is literally that it doesn't occupy the whole screen. It is a legit benefit, especially on larger screens.
If you think the Windows 7 menu is coming back, you'd be wrong. Rumors suggest it'll be a small version of the Start Screen, almost like Windows Phone.
That makes sense, the new start menu needs to play nice with the new windows search features and even the Start Screen tiles. Actually, I'd love the start button to trigger the charms, along with a listing of apps, user folders, and the usual stuff we had in Windows 7's start. And I'd expect it to work well with touch.