You folks asked for it, so here's the closest thing you will have from me (for now anyways). I have been working with the good guys at ReviverSoft on a Start Menu solution based on my research and on their existing product Start Menu Reviver. After my research they got in touch with me and showed me their product that I have never seen. The UI was bad, like mockup prototype experiment-like bad, but the functionality and code was all there!
So I designed a new Start Menu Reviver and they are coding and releasing it!
As you can see on my designs, it is a solution between my designs and their product. Microsoft just announced that they will be releasing a new Start Menu in a future update, but in the mean time and in case it really sucks (still not so sure on that Win7/Tile hybrid design) that will be released pretty soon!
You can check out their official blog post right here.
Here's the product page right here.
And of course just in case a link to my initial research riiiiiiiiiiight here.
In terms of updates, I'm still working on my game and on my iOS research project on the side so stay tuned for that!
Thanks everyone for your feedback and support it's always great and you can get in touch with me on Twitter and Facebook, links on the side :)