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It took 43 people to come up with the 15 different ways of shutting down Windows Vista

According to a former worker at Microsoft, 43 persons where involved in designing and implementing the new shut down feature in Windows Vista.

Their work was exceptionally fruitful. On a laptop you get Off, Lock, Switch User, Log Off, Restart, Sleep, Hibernate, and Shut Down. Combined with all the keyboard shortcuts for the various options, plus pressing the power button and closing the lid, this gives us 15 different ways of shutting down a laptop.

In defence of Microsoft, it should noted that you will only see the Off and Lock options, unless you choose the advanced menu.

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  • How many people does it take to turn off a Vista PC? Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - December 05, 2006 - via Usability In The News

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