Couldn't agree more Chrysalis!!!!
I do think it's clumsy for a PC like mine where I run lots of different apps (I have 22 on my quick launch bar!) as the task bar just gets too cluttered - but oddly enough I like it on my HTPC as I only ever run about 4 or 5 apps and am happy to have them on the task bar permanently. I just hope MS gives us the option to have it the old way as I still think the quick launch bar is so much more productive.