One of the biggest requests that I hear from all the guys in our office is that they want the start button back in Windows 8 and they want to be able to select the desktop view as the default view in their installation of Windows 8. The latest rumors indicate that Microsoft may be moving to squash these apps, by enabling 8.1 to boot directly to the desktop and reinstating the start button. Discussions around code recently dug up in a DLL, buried within the bowels of a leaked version of Windows Blue suggests that this new minor revision of the desktop and tablet OS could offer users a way to skip the live tiles and go right to the familiar user interface that many long for.
Look at engadget for more information on the Windows Blue screenshot tour. There are also some interesting videos showing an installation of Windows Blue running on a virtual desktop. The videos are interesting with some of the changes in personalizing your Widows 8 experience to a much greater degree. This will be interesting to get our hands on once the beta version is released.