Personally I'd suggest that MS offer both options for the start menu.
I think that adding back the start menu is good enough. You can disable the hot corners and change file associations already in Win8.1.
You are misreading the article.
"The pass I think Paul is referring to is how is it OK for apple to do exactly the same thing to iWork that Microsoft did to windows 8 "
It is not exactly the same thing, and it is not the...
My personal favorite fiasco of the old Microsoft is the OS/2 2.0 fiasco.