@cbae: I just don't see any point in trying to pretend the complaint is about a pinned list of things and not what was actually "removed", all that does is change the complaint from "The Start Menu was removed" to "The Start Menu and all that unnamed chrome around it was removed".

On a sheer functionality scale, all the Start Menu (my definition) actually does is provide a way to select something to ShellExecute, which clearly hasn't been removed. The complaint, whether unwarranted or not, is about how functions are exposed and not what they are.