Lol yes I like the 'windows start screen'
I have been an IT professional for over 10 years and honestly I don't see what everyone's issue with it is. I have added a lot of active tiles that are pertinent to me. I can be playing games or surfing the web and get stock updates, news updates, useful tidbits of information, email notifications etc.
Aside from the Windows start screen, I don't really see it much more than Windows 7 with some speed enhancements. Plus the 2d hardware acceleration is nice. Being a programmer you gain an attention to detail and I can tell the fonts and graphics are crisper which to my eyes helps greatly.
In my opinion though, to make the Start screen useful, Microsoft needs to make it so you can have windows floating over it (even putting notepad over it minimizes it) and make is so it doesn't minimize when you are using multiple monitors. Otherwise their 'active' tiles make no sense as no one is going to just sit and stare at the Start screen all by itself.