At the time Microsoft was seriously against allowing users to have the option of "Classic Start menu" because the new one was <insert eyecandy here> better than the Classic menu... The case being made at the time for removing the option was something like "users will just disable the new menu and continue hating it forever... BUT if they just used it for awhile, they will really like it once they get used to it" but they were more afraid of the amount of negative feedback to completely remove the choice.
Some people like eyecandy and others like tried and true functionality, Windows 8 included a start-screen with less functionality just to improve eye-candy and was clearly disliked by the majority during the Windows 8 beta... At least this time there appears to be some built-in support for 3rd party start-menu applications and options to use a start-menu or start-screen
People like the classic desktop. I like windows 98se desktop, I made windows 7 and my other operating system look real close to windows 98se. Not everyone likes change. We are not asking not to change but also keep an option for the windows classic destop. I see nothing wrong with that at all.
I will toggle the 8.1 start page and the full Apps page. I hope they don't take that away.I never liked the old start menu nor do I like the new one - it's a bit better than the Win 7 menu and a lot better than the XP menu (what a disaster), but the start page combined with the Apps page is the ultimate.
But the one I really like is this one:
But no seriously, REALLY don't like that side bar that takes up a ton of space for nothing, REALLY despise the All Apps disaster, and REALLY not keen on the up and down scrolling of it now. If dissent thought Microsoft took Windows Phone and blew it up for Windows 8, they're wrong because at least it was made with a different usage scenario in mind. Windows 10 is literally just that, Windows Phone's Start Screen blown up bit for bit. Normally I would be ok with that, but a side to side scroll allowed more content to be easily viewed as it's similar to reading a book left to right. This, whatever this is, just isn't working.
You guys are missing the point. Unlike the Windows 8 Era, the point is that there will be a usable start menu and Microsoft is no longer throwing hurdles in the path of third-party vendors who make them. A usable base interface, but which can be customized and jazzed up by third-parties. You know... like Windows USED TO BE.. and heck.. MS-DOS before that and the bloody doskey, Norton Commander, and thousands of other stuff back when Shareware meant something more than we just shared our latest malware with you.
Put simply, having third-party options for customization and companies that support it is a great thing, having one set way and one mythical start menu that everyone loves, is not.