At some point, somebody should stop the madness. In a move that’s almost akin to patenting the wheel these days, Microsoft has just been granted the patent for an operating system shutdown procedure. The patent, apparently, was filed back in Windows XP days, a few months before Vista came into the picture.

What is interesting about this, however, is that the patent doesn’t apply only to Windows systems. Rather it covers all operating systems on personal computers. Here’s a look at the patent diagram, courtesy of ConceivablyTech:

What are your thoughts? Is Microsoft beating a dead horse, or does it truly have some sort of unique edge over existing systems?