The task bar can be moved around and even auto hidden by way of the right click properties screen. I haven't lost anything but simply don't prefer the taskbar on the bottom. With the sidebar gadget found in the 8Pack gadget collection intended originally for 8, 8.1 they still work on 10 where I grabbed the sidebar gadget for the secondary display and moved the main bar to the left side on the primary. The move worked out since it now acts like a giant quick launch bar with more of the desktop shortcuts dragged into the toolbar folders out in plain view.
As for the new look as far as the default Start menu in 10 goes perhaps a look at the way the Start10 sees it being a match up until now will make a good comparison to show how MS added the Most Recently Used in at the top being the primary change seen when opening up the AllApps section.
I still managed to narrow the tile section down while eventually staying with the non Modern there. But when you look back at the last screen in Post #55 and then notice the AllApps here you can see what was added in.
I replaced it with Classic Shell and chose menuview so when you hover above programs, or documents i.e. it opens up everything immediatly. Rightclick opens W10 start menu options.
I actually like the Start menu the way it is. When MS makes the change I hope they make it customizable so we can make it more to our personal liking.
I certainly will give it a go as well. I would like to be able to customize it also.
It isn't the main menu I have any issue with but the Metro tiles and why I elected to go with Start10 and not Classic Shell which had been tried back when looking at the 8 CP builds as well as Start menu 7. The most recent apps addition is simply some extra flavoring someone at MS thought would look good while taking up screen space. That reminds me of the Recently Bookmarked option in FF or another browser I skip past.
As for customization options never anticipate much from MS in that area. Generally you will end up looking for some 3rd party item like Windows Blinds for seeing options like that made available. So far Start10 has been the only thing needed here. One being the varierty of Start buttons you can choose from.
So far not a fan of this, I have everything I want pinned and sorted the way I want and have become a fan of this. I dont need to constantly see the All Apps section. I can care less about Windows apps since its really desktop programs I'm installing and using too.
They shoudl stop wasting there time with the start menu its fine the way it is. maybe add windows 7 start menu ui, then you can choose between the new old and that horrible start screen and call it a day.
Maybe focus on working on something like edge browser which is behind ff and chrome. I rather use ie11 then edge.
I do use IE11 at times while having subbed IE or Edge with FF and now back to Waterfox while still keeping a few others installed. I never could get used to Chrome as that always looked like Edge does now an unfinished browser!
Actually if they wanted to do anything right is not bringing back the 7 theme style menu but the option to dump the Metro tiles. That was the reason for deciding to go with the Start10 app to begin with. And as for a dark theme for the Start menu I already have that anyways since the Start meny only reflects on how the taskbar is set.
I like how the start menu is now.
However, I think changes are needed and we need to deal with it. By the way, the new start menu is very beautiful and seems to come to make things easier. Good job Microsoft!