Really? You are comparing Gnome 3/kde 4.x to a modern working start menu?
I'm not comparing Gnome3 to anything; Gnome3 sucks. KDE has a proper "modern" start menu, it's the way the Windows start menu should have been all along. The "menu" (which isn't a menu at all) in Metro is bullshit.
Is it crap because it is inferior?
Yes. It's absolute garbage. It's ugly, it's confusing, it even has two separate control panels for some stupid reason (there's a metro control panel, but it doesn't have much stuff in it, so you have to go find the hidden Win7-style control panel to actually change things). There is nothing good about it. It's obviously designed for tablets, but I'm not using a tablet. And if I were, it'd still be ugly as hell. WTF is with the ugly graphics and colors? It's like the Pontiac Aztek of UIs.
These applets you hate you do not have to use.
You still have to use the Metro interface any time you click on "start", unless you install some 3rd-party workaround software.
Actually that is not metro. The old control panel is scheduled to go away but the marketing department just couldn't wait back to school sadly so it is was only half done.
The hamburger menus of the new is what kids and millennial prefer to use as it is what their phones and websites have been using since they were born. What we think is natural an old mac style menu's seem ugly and counter intuitive to them as a result. It is a win32 app.
Yes colors for title bars they are reading back as it was rushed ala Vista style in October with update 1. Just drag off the tiles you want and the menu is back.
What 8 sucked at was closed door syndrome. Things fly out at you. One app comes and everything is invisible. Stuff randomly opens and closes when you use a touchpad is another. All of them fixed.
I am waiting and you may not like but it surely is not unusable nor designed for tablets. It functions just like 7. You hit the WIndows key and type what you want. Or use a mouse if you like the old XP way of all programs which many have not learned a way. Anyway each to their own. I could use 10 if someone put a gun to my head. On 8 I needed several paid programs to undo the damage in comparison.