I appreciate the replies on the Windows sleep issue. Truth be told, I'm too lazy to hit the buttons. Well, that and I get little distracted. My desktop was Windows 8. I also work from home as a developer/IT manager and have my work laptop, dual screen system setup beside it. This allows me time to play on my personal computer when there is a lull in the workday. That being said, when work gets busy I'll ignore my desktop and at the end of the workday simply walk away. Thus the "laziness" factor.
Irregardless though, this points to something going on with Modern UI apps and the desktop that is stopping the PC from sleeping. I'm not a hater, so I'm not going to say throw out the Modern UI apps if you are running a desktop or laptop. I'm simply saying the "Metro" apps task switch/multi-task differently from desktop applications. It appears Microsoft has some sort of glitch between the two environments they need to tighten up.
You do have a choice, if Apple and Linux do not work for you, You have Chrome OS, wooppss, sorry, may not work either for your needs. Can't blame the MS cause they are the only game in town when no one else is willing to put anything comparable out there.
that is like saying Apples are a monopoly, no other fruit is allowed to be an apple, dang monopolistic Mother Nature, curse you.
No one is stopping you or anyone else from building a New OS and getting it out there.
If you nor anyone else is willing to build something to compete with Windows, you can't complain about it.
As for Metro Apps, yes, many can run in the background, you may be able to stop them but going to Change PC Settings and turnign them off. But I have not search for where to turn them off at.
I don't know if Microsoft is legally a monopoly or not, and I don't care. I just know that realistically they're the only option available to about 95% of computer users.
I still don't know why people who dislike Windows 8 are supposed to simply shut up. I defended and supported Vista back in the day because I thought that despite the initial problems it would payoff immensely for the Windows platform, as it was indeed eventually. I think I have the same right to express an opinion now that I just can't see any value at all for the user in the direction that Microsoft is headed with Windows 8.
Yeah right Lee. Remember the heated discussions we had during the spring - especially with the guys from down under. Nobody (with reasonable arguments) was shut down - though we lost a couple of guys that got too personal.