I have found one of the things I missed most in Windows 8 was the recently used documents and applications on the Start menu.
To work around the lack of the recent documents Start menu I added an icon on my desktop for C:\Users\UserAccount\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent. Then I can open that folder and see the most recently used documents.
I have not found an equivalent feature to quickly access the most recently used applications.
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