I'm afraid. that I need to use a software power off. Anyone with a media PC that is hidden away - maybe attached to the back of their TV - needs to use it. Someone with a headless PC or server needs to use it. Anyone using a virtualised environment (something Microsoft are supposedly keen on) needs to use it. Additionally, corporate users routinely disable power buttons for security reasons.
I don't think it's put where it is because people don't need to use it on a desktop PC. I think it's just a piece of bad design that originates in their attemting to converge a tablet OS (where you almost never shut down) with a desktop environment. This has pushed them down a particular route and now you need to use 4 different interface types on opposite sides of the screen to get to it. I'd lay money on this changing before the RTM is reached since the web is already awash with complaints about this 'feature' and a few others besides.
Incidentally, sInce when has it been a 'setting' to turn off or restart a PC? I'd expect setting to mean a control panel or it it's a poer setting to mean chngint things like sleep settings or screen brightness etc, but these are elsewhere (where they belong in control panels). There were similar bizarre things in Vista like the options in network that were labelled 'cutomize' where you couldn't change anything and another labeled 'view status' where you could change things. Does that sound like something that was well thought out or just bad interface design?
I never said that 7 was completely different to Vista (In fact I didn't mention 7 in the last post at all). But on the subject I did note the way that network setting issue changed in WIndows 7. It was one of several such interface issues that changed to something that made sense. My only reference to 7 in this whole thread is that Microsoft are to all intents still mostly using Windows 95's interface once you tunnel down. I noted this hadn't changed much with Metro since it's really just a new superficial 'layer' that sits on top of the same WIndows 95 bits.
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