Microsoft Patents Automatic OS Shutdown

Conceivably Tech reports that Microsoft has just been awarded a patent for a faster shutdown procedure. Filed in 2005, the procedure overrides already open applications that may be delaying the shutdown. Users might recall seeing this feature in action in the form of the notification screen that flashes up if you've tried to shut down and other programs or unsaved documents are still open.

The patent abstract reads:

"Aspects include the operating system receiving a command to initiate shut down, and automatically terminating graphical user interface (GUI) applications that delay shut down which do not have top level windows. Also, aspects provide a user, through a graphical user interface, the ability to automatically terminate all running applications in response to determining that a running GUI application has a top level windows."

Do you think Microsoft should have been awarded this patent or do you think this is an example of a flawed patent system? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • dannyboy3210
    My train of thought normally goes:
    Time to shut down for the night...
    Yes, I want to close the blasted program...
    OMGWT*BBQ, why won't you turn off already??

    *Power button held down*

    -silence-

    Thank you...
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  • igot1forya
    shutdown -f -s -t 0
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  • Anonymous
    Sorta like GM trying to patent the ignition switch.... These software patents are getting ridiculous. Wonder when they'll try to patent toilet paper???
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  • mgoblue3296
    That is one sick flowchart
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  • dannyboy3210
    My train of thought normally goes:
    Time to shut down for the night...
    Yes, I want to close the blasted program...
    OMGWT*BBQ, why won't you turn off already??

    *Power button held down*

    -silence-

    Thank you...
    50
  • nforce4max
    mgoblue3296That is one sick flowchart


    If you want to see "sick" flowchart then look up budgeting of congress and how billions are wasted on miscellaneous spending.
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