Already possible. The "Change Desktop Icons" option in Personalization lets you remove the Recycle Bin from desktop. Right-click the desktop, choose Personalize. The option is in the left column....
I dare say that it's the users that have been bare-boned.
I'm trying it out side-by-side with IE11. I'm not convinced that the speed difference is not anything more than a placebo effect.
I'm relieved that Microsoft is dropping Android. The prospect made me feel slightly ill.