CFO and Chief Marketing Tami Reller confirmed to Investment Firm Nomura that the Start menu would not be coming back to Windows 8.
From Arstechnica :
In these meetings, Reller discussed the concerns that reviewers have raised about the Windows 8 interface : in particular, the lack of familiarity that the interface will have, and the worry that it will be confusing for mouse users. Windows 8 removes the Start button and instead depends on hot corners for essential functionality, and in the current beta there is little to tell users what to do.
According to Nomura, Reller confirmed that the Start button will remain gone, but that the discoverability problem will be addressed through a tutorial for users, so that when they first run the operating system they will be guided through the new interactions.
Well, so that's that then.
Nothing to see here, move along.
Those who want start orb and start menu back, can still use 3rd party softwares to achieve it (at least for the Consumer Preview Build.
More to come soon...