I'm going to ask the obvious, as I think Stardock specializes in this specific type of request: To have the ability to move the taskbar (not just the icons) to the left side of the screen. There's a lot of reasons to need to do this: The top of my list is that most web pages (this one included) are written for a 4x3 monitor. If you maximize the browser window, the left and right sides give the screen 2/3rds white space that doesn't have anything in it. This means that the space vertically on a monitor is more valuable than horizontally. If 2/3rds of the screen is blank, then if the taskbar is on the left, it is taking up some of this unused space. If it's on the bottom (or top), it's decreasing the amount of information that I can can see. Second point - the taskbar is occupying more pixels on the screen when it is at the bottom or top than on the left. This decreases space that can be otherwise used for productivity. Start 11 is probably the best place to put this if it's not going to be a separate program.
I thought of a possible work-around using Fences, but it would require two things: 1) The taskbar would have to be able to be hidden or turned off; and 2) It would require that the non-shortcut items be able to be iconified (i.e. Start, Search). You can then create a vertical single-icon fence along the left side, and put in the shortcuts that would be on the taskbar.