We already offer Decor8 which allows you to customize the background and colour scheme used by the Windows 8 full screen start menu.
Just to make doubly sure the air is clear: I do like having the ability to use what WB8 provides and am grateful for it.
Decor8 is great at what it does - so far. However the ability to customize the tiles, add perhaps transparency to them, things like that are painfully absent. I have to use something like OblyTile to do that, and it could use some work.
I am unsure why the lack of a start button in the OS would impact the usability of WindowBlinds. That's a tiny part of what WB has always skinned.
It doesn't. But WB8, for someone that doesn't use Start8 (more on that below) is not as full of an experience.
Of course if you have Start8 then you get a skinned start button and start menu with WB too
I choose not to rely on Start8. I have it installed but set to only engage if I use the Win Key. I hardly ever use it. I see Start 8 as a (quite nice) crutch and step back from the (IMO) improved and more efficient modern UI start menu.
To me, the bulk of eye candy that WB always provided was the cool things of the start menu design. Thus, my comments of having WB address the customization aspects of the modern UI menu...