The leaked Windows 8.1 RTM ISOs that reached the web last week come with a hidden gem prepared by Microsoft that gives users the option to shut down their PCs in a new way.The Slide to Shut Down feature we’ve already told you about a long time ago is apparently implemented in Windows 8.1 RTM too, even though no official announcement on this feature has been released.
WinBeta is reporting that the Windows Help file, on the other hand, comprises information on the new option, explaining that users actually need to hold the power button of their PC for about four seconds and then drag the lock screen down with the mouse or swipe down with their fingers.
A SlideToShutDown.exe file is also located in Windows/system32, so you can simply launch it to give the new feature a try.
It appears, however, that Microsoft’s new Slide to Shut Down option is supposed to work on computers offering support for connected standby.
"Connected Standby brings the smartphone power model to the PC. It provides an instant on, instant off user experience that users have come to expect on their phone. And just like on the phone, Connected Standby enables the system to stay fresh, up-to-date, and reachable whenever a suitable network is available. Windows 8 supports Connected Standby on low-power PCs platforms that meet specific Windows Certification requirements," according to details provided by Microsoft.
In order to find out whether your computer supports connected standby or not, simply launch a command prompt window and type “powercfg /availablesleepstates.”
Microsoft hasn’t yet commented on new Windows 8.1 RTM features pretty much because the company is still working on the OS as we speak in order to provide users with a bug-free experience.
Windows 8.1 is set to make its public appearance in October, with Windows 8 adopters to be allowed to download it free of charge from the Store.