Any unsuccessful software product, even Microsoft Bob, have their proponents. I'm aware that there are people who liked really large monochrome squares. Shrug. Don't really care.
but more to the point, the presence of a start menu is not something I somehow decreed that Microsoft had to have (as if I could do that). It's simply something I would not do without. Microsoft is free to keep the busybox interface, I hear it does really well with children. They'll just have to do it without me as a customer.
I approach 9 (now called 10) with caution. Microsoft lost a lot of credibility with 8, and they lost even more when they "gave you back the start button" which was only an icon that took us to the start screen. I'm concerned about what arrogant new thing they'll try to foist on us next time, and wondering if I should take this opportunity to get out. And really, I don't need them anymore. I'm mostly sticking with them at this point only because it's too much trouble to switch. (Sort-of like why people stay with Comcast.)
To make this perfectly clear: Microsoft can do what it wants. It's their product. I can choose to buy it or not. It's my money. I really don't invest any more emotional energy in it than that.