Stardock have created an application that inserts a Window’s start button into the Windows 8 task bar. Engadget are reporting Stardock have sold ‘tens of thousands’ of copies of the app. So congratulations to Stardock The app is only $5 (a very sensible price!) so if you are missing the start button I suggest you go and grab a copy.
You can also select additional frameworks that you would like to include such as jQuery, Mootools, three.js.
Microsoft have confirmed the release date for Windows 8 as October 26, 2012. The official announcement is here. There is no news on the Microsoft Surface release date yet. Fingers crossed it is the same day!