Sleep is super easy on the laptop and the reason it has been my exclusive method for years; just close the lid. My new laptop supports Intel Rapid Start which makes it even nicer as it will do hibernation, but resume in under 9 seconds and be fully usable.
On my desktop, my computer is set to sleep when I don't use it for more than 15 minutes to save power, but I never hit the power button. The tower is a few feet away from my keyboard and tucked in a corner that isn't very easy to get into.
Obviously, everyone's setup differs, but my point, really, is that, as has been mentioned before, options would have gone a long way on MS' part. Although I know why they are absent, still annoying.
Exactly. My friends tower is not in an easily accessible place. Making the excuse to simply "hit the power button" is not a good reason and it does not help keeping the OS user-friendly.
Also, I just put in a blank DVD in my computer since I installed Windows 8. Why does it say "TAP here to see options on what to do..."? Why does it say TAP? Now it is no big deal to me, it is irritating. But for those that know nothing about computers and do NOT have a touch screen, I can actually see them tapping their standard monitor and nothing happening.
With stuff like that, and all the other issues with the desktop, people will start to get fed up with Microsoft. They are treating the desktop far worse than just a secondary set of users.
I do like Windows 8 a lot, but it is really a giant mess on the desktop. I mean really...."tap here"? MS could have taken some more time to make the message say tap or click here. I just keep finding issues with Windows 8 and it is really irritating.