Originally Posted by randomizer
It makes sense to hide it on a tablet and possibly a laptop too. It doesn't make sense to hide it on a desktop. At the very least it could have been a top level item in the charms bar. Then it's only non-discoverable rather than both non-discoverable and non-obvious (or to put it succinctly: stupid).
I don't think Microsoft expected people to be unaware that their PC has a power button.
Of course, everyone with a desktop uses the power button to turn it on, so it's actually really fascinating that so many people believe it's somehow "wrong" to turn off a desktop this way.
Phones, tablets, laptops, cameras...people use the hardware power button all the time. But put them in front of a desktop, and they'll hunt all around the OS for a function that's built into every case on the market. Just goes to show that some things need to be un-learned when they become obsolete.
The new location of the power settings is okay for the most part, except for the fact that my old pet peeve is back - why do you have to click something called "Start" to end your session?