I'll start by saying that I am using Windows 8, not 8.1 :(
I personally enjoy metro *hides behind upturned table*. I regularly use the weather, news and email apps and it is so much simpler than opening chrome
(two questions, one answer) navigating to *insert news/ weather/ email outlet/ client* and finding this city (weather), or logging into my email account.
I'm also quite glad that they kept the snap feature (and the shaky thing too) and the improved taskbar for multiple monitors is a God send.
Of course, there were a few nagging issues after installing it (hybrid sleep mode for example), but those are in the past.
|the start button may have been added but it's merely a graphical button to open metro instead of moving your mouse to the corner|
*presses "Windows" key* :p
|it does not bring back the old windows 7 start menu|
My only "beef" is the organization, or lack thereof, of the start screen. I've been using Windows 8 [regularly] for about a month and a half (and have installed quite a bunch of garbage), and I am sort of used to it, but then I boot up Windows 7 for an hour or two of nostalgia and I'm back to being disappointed with the organization of the start screen.
I have decided to move the programs that I use frequently to the "front" (if you will), and anything else that I may need can be found from searching.
Anywho, that is just my opinion which stems from my personal experience, which may vary :D