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Microsoft Patents Automatic OS Shutdown

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Microsoft has successfully patented a procedure for shutting down Windows.

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 , September 3, 2010 2:05 AM
    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 , September 3, 2010 2:10 AM
    shutdown -f -s -t 0
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    Anonymous , September 3, 2010 2:12 AM
    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 , September 3, 2010 2:02 AM
    That is one sick flowchart
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    dannyboy3210 , September 3, 2010 2:05 AM
    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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    nforce4max , September 3, 2010 2:06 AM
    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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    NeeKo , September 3, 2010 2:07 AM
    I am going to patent sitting down, running and sneezing!

    Anything is possible right?
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    igot1forya , September 3, 2010 2:10 AM
    shutdown -f -s -t 0
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    mrmez , September 3, 2010 2:11 AM
    Whats the big deal in getting your pc to shut off quicker?
    Its not like the old days where i have to wait for everything to end and the disks to park so i can turn it off manually? You just click 'shutdown' and walk away.

    As for saving open documents etc... i don't know if i want them automatically saved. Why?
    Firstly, its likely to put a whole range of docs in the wrong folders, meaning i have to troll through folders and put files in the right places. Secondly, likely to save docs i didn't want saved, creating a whole new level of junk to manually delete.

    Again, we have yet to see this implemented and i could be wrong, but it just looks like more fluff to add to the sales brochure to help sell OS's.
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    Anonymous , September 3, 2010 2:12 AM
    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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    captaincharisma , September 3, 2010 2:23 AM
    Didn't they have this back in windows ME. oh wait it was just restarting from it getting the BSOD too much lol
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    webbwbb , September 3, 2010 2:33 AM
    Dang Jane, you're on a roll tonight (or should I say this morning?)! In just a few hours you seem to have single handedly posted more articles than the site generally gets in a day.
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    orionantares , September 3, 2010 2:34 AM
    mgoblue3296That is one sick flowchart


    If you want to see a sick flow chart, look up the WoW feral DPS flow chart: http://s276.photobucket.com/albums/kk21/Mortbringsli/?action=view¤t=KittyDPSRotationFIX.jpg

    Or the simplified flow chart: http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e388/vertidog/catdps.jpg :p 
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    rambo117 , September 3, 2010 2:39 AM
    How about instead of a faster shutdown sequence, maybe they could work on a faster startup...? That matters to me more than shutting down (thats what hybernate is for *cough*)
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    brendano257 , September 3, 2010 2:48 AM
    That's funny...they seem to have already implemented it. Some of us might refer to it as a BSOD ;) 
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    tayb , September 3, 2010 2:49 AM
    Normally I find patents like this absolutely ridiculous but I can't see Microsoft suing anyone for using this patent. No, they are probably patenting everything they do to protect itself from patent trolls. I can't see a problem with that. In essence, every silly thing that Microsoft, Apple, IBM, etc patents is one less thing some d-bag patent troll can try to sue the world for.

    So I say continue patenting useless nonsense MS. I'd rather the patent be in your hands than in a trolls hands.
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    micr0be , September 3, 2010 2:52 AM
    its times like these that i'm proud to have a linux OS.
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    randomizer , September 3, 2010 2:53 AM
    I'm not sure what the point is.

    1. Click "shutdown"
    2. Walk away
    3. ???
    4. Profit!

    Who cares if the PC shuts down in 3 seconds or 3 minutes once you've finished with it? I suppose the only time it matters is when restarting, but Microsoft should redesign their OS model so that you don't need to reboot every time there's a patch for MS Word.
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    dbwalsh , September 3, 2010 2:59 AM
    Shutdown -h now
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    Anonymous , September 3, 2010 3:05 AM
    Umm..

    change WaitToKillServiceTimeout to 1000ms
    change WaitToKillAppTimeout to 1000ms
    change HungAppTimeout to 1000ms

    I can haz PATENT??
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    soundping , September 3, 2010 3:06 AM
    Going down... going down now... going down.... :D 
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    kelemvor4 , September 3, 2010 3:10 AM
    Now apple will have to remove the shutdown feature from macs or license it from Microshaft.
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    NotYetRated , September 3, 2010 3:14 AM
    I am not quite understanding the point to this patent.... I suppose just another notch on the belt.
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