That's just it. Why should your PC be any different than your TV, Coffee Maker, Phone, Tablet, Car, or pretty much any other device on the planet?
All of those things are turned on and off with the same mechanism, typically a button or switch of some sort. Microsoft actually WANTS you to use the power button to shut down.
How do you turn off your phone? How do you turn off your tablet? How do you turn off your TV? These are all things normal everyday non-techy people do with their technology. The PC should be no different.
umm i hit the power button then get a menu..it doesn't just turn off.
anyway your latching onto something you misunderstood from the get go.
just imagine you aren't you, you know none of those shortcuts, your power button in windows 8 is by default set to go to sleep not turn off the machine btw, your not comfortable changing power settings or changing how the pc works.
i've just described a whopping proportion of the pc user base not modders not pc enthusiasts not IT savvy computer owners.
try to view that from a different perspective other than your own, or try working as a pc support technician because you clearly don't have to deal with those types of pc owners every single day.
You can check my specs (or anyone's) via the lower left link found in all posts. As you can see, I don't have a touch screen, but I plan on purchasing one to use along with my existing to experiment. I also desire to dual monitor. Keep in mind that I sit at my desk with the monitor an arm's length. I realize that's odd to some, but that's me.
I think using a touch screen might be more efficient. I want to experiment for myself. I get your gist of the motion to take my hand off the keyboard to use the touch screen. An extra motion, but navigating with the finger may be faster.
Another idea I have is to use a pad (if at all possible) as a peripheral instead of or along with the keyboard to navigate. The monitor would duplicate the pad and use the keyboard to type or use the on board screen keyboard of the pad.
All in all, I've always been up for a better way. I think touch UI is here to stay. I prefer to work with it instead of fighting it, as with most things in life. I find that I need to adapt to what comes along in life, not fight it. I may ultimately find that 8 is not fit for me, but I highly doubt it, for I'm finding the experience interesting at this point. I don't have a problem with navigation in 8 whatsoever.
Again, welcome to the forums.
If MS didn't intend us to use an electronic switch to shut down, via the desktop start menu, then why did they put it there? It's amongst the first things you see when you click the start orb ... bottom right in W7.
Maybe it's to trick people into stopping them using the 'correct' mechanical start/stop button on their towers, laptops, etc. Or could it be "grey wallpaper" that mysteriously became active from a mistake by a MS programmer? Hmmmmm?
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At some point they added a smart power button that sent a signal to the OS telling it to shut down. You can even program it as to how to shut down (sleep, hibernate & power off). The OS will close open files and shut down.
Holding down the power button should only be used when no other option is viable. The reset button on the other hand just resets the system with no option for the OS. Windows has gotten much better at dealing with crashes and forced shutdowns so it's not as much of an issue as it used to be but there may be some applications that do not deal with it as Windows does so it is still best to not use the forced shutdown. But by all means you can use the power button on the PC or keyboard if you have such a button.
i agree that touch would be more efficient, the trouble is i don't think metro is actually that efficent on the desktop environment yet, still missing some core features.
a long way to go before metro and touch gets the uptake it needs, from software development and a market saturation of touchscreen monitors of which there are so few.
I haven't said anything here in a long time, BUT going to reiterate that Windows 8 "Start Screen" would be better accustomed to a tablet/slate PC than to a desktop/laptop. I was sent one of these devices to beta test, and give my opinion, and it is clear that Windows 8 rocks on it. BUT wait my Laptop and PC aren't touch screen, and even if they were it would be awkward to press onto their screens. Tablet users will feel perfectly at home on Windows 8.