Microsoft Releases Windows Explodé

Last week, Microsoft quietly released a new Vista feature called Windows Assured Shutdown (WAS) that allows users to press F9 on their keyboard and force a guaranteed, controlled and immediate shutdown of Vista. Microsoft suggests this feature be used in situations in which the system appears hung or otherwise unresponsive and has apparently implemented this in reaction to numerous instances of data loss due to frustrated users simply powering off their machines when they appear to hang.

Of course, the Apple community immediately leaped on this and dubbed the feature Windows Explodé, a riff on Apple’s Exposé feature in Mac OS X. More details on WAS here.

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