Will wonders never cease! Mr. Balmer might not've been forced into early retirement had he not refused to listen to his customers. Why he didn't is still a mystery to me, but it appears (emphasis on "appears") that maybe the message has finally gotten through. I guess when you get to be a CEO, you sometimes get to breathing rarified air and think you know more than your customers. I will most enthusiastically welcome the return of the Start menu if they don't pull some sleight of hand gimmickry like they did with the Start button in 8.1. I will look for the pre-release version so I can download & install it on one of my test PCs to see for myself.
Thank you James for this post!
they must have fired someone high up who wanted to keep start menu off. Oh yeah, Ballmer is leaving soon.
"As per Verge, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is planning to make the Start menu available as an option in its next major Windows release, currently codenamed Threshold. It was not revealed, however, whether the Start menu will be available for all versions of Windows Threshold or just as an option to those that support desktop apps."
(more at article)