Is there any Start Menu (that I can use along with Gnome 3) that looks like traditional Windows Start Menu? If so, It's also possible to see all open applications on the "Taskbar"?
Microsoft plans to revive the Start menu in a future version of Windows, most likely Windows 9, aka Threshold. With the Start screen taking over as the landing page and launch pad in Windows 8, does the Start menu still serve a purpose? Yes, it does, at least in my humble opinion.
You wanted the Start menu back in Windows 8.1. Microsoft listened ... and didn't give it to you. Now Lenovo says that if a Start Menu is what it will take to get you to start buying Windows 8 PCs, then by gum, a Start Menu you shall have.
I have Classic Shell installed, but Windows 8.1 installed its own Start Menu. It really sucks. I tried to use it, but I miss the list of most recently used apps, just typing to find the program I want (or Control Panel item), and the compact list of installed apps.
The headlines are loud and clear today. Microsoft brings back the Start Button in Windows 8! Huzzah! ZONG! But don’t believe the hype. We’ve been duped.
Windows 8.1′s Start Button isn’t the Start Button of old. The classic multi-step application launcher is still missing.
In the "Customize Start Menu" in Windows 7, when I choose "don't search" under "Search other files and libraries" I would not expect this to affect anything but the start menu... but after this change, Windows Key + F search functionality no longer works.
I can reproduce both behaviors by just changing this one setting.
When I used windows xp, when I pressed a key with the windows logo, start menu opened and the bottom panel with window buttons appeared no matter what. Even in a fullscreen mode it was possible to click windows button, then Start menu opened and window buttons panel appeared.