I've gotten used to the Start button over the years, even find it handy for a few categories of occasional tasks.
Still, at it's inception I thought it was a lame and limiting feature (I moved to Windows from OS2), dumbing things down. I've never changed my mind.
It's a crutch best eliminated, so I won't be going out of my way to duplicate it when I move from XP to Windows 8 (when someone gives me a new Surface).
Getting rid of the ribbon in Office and reverting to the more useful classic menu/toolbar setup? Now that's a different story....