Customization of the Start Menu (no tiles please) equals speed! As you can see I am using the classic theme in Windows 7.
We professionals and powers users can customize the Start Menu in such a way that we can access the most important areas, features, commands etc. of the OS.
There is no way that W8/8.1 UI could ever allow a user to navigate the OS as quickly as W7 Start Menu can. A press of the Windows Logo Key or a press of the cursor on the Start Button and in seconds you are where you need to be in your OS and in my case, quickly access my clients' computers.
I have seen so called leaked images of the Start Menu for Windows 9. I see no reason for any tiles or any resemblance of W8/8.1 on the new Windows 9 OS for (Keyboard and Mouse Users).
This screenie is an example of how I have customized the order of shortucts and how I want the right side of the menu to appear. These personalizations should never be taken away from any Windows PC user. Especially those of us who will never want or need a touch-screen.
Do you professionals and power users agree?