Start Up Windows 8 with Start8
Sales have been "lukewarm" and the man who made the decision, Steven Sinofsky, has been fired. In the same article about his firing, the headline asks if the Start menu will be returned to Windows. If I were to guess, it will be returned within the next six months. That is purely speculation on my part and I feel that strongly because of the poor sales so far.
The good news is there is a solution for those who want an answer today. Stardock's Start8 will restore the Start menu functionality back to "Windows-7 style". At top right is the the "desktop" flavor or Windows 8 and you'll see a circle where the Start menu should be. At right you'll see the Start menu as restored by Start8. There is a free 30-day trial and after that it costs $4.99. If you must upgrade to Windows 8, I think this is an absolutely must-have utility!