The Start screen floats OVER the other apps and can scroll to show more tiles.
Placing icons on the desktop as many people do forces one to minimize open apps. It also can't scroll to accomodate more so it's limited by LCD size.
I was going to answer the "tacky" question but your arguments so far tell me my response will be moot. We get it, your current machine will be your last. You know if you don't like Windows 8 you don't have to upgrade. Seriously, you made the same argument against Windows 7.
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