Advance warning: .Net Framework 3.5 required
You'll be glad to hear that Shutdownertron 1.5 is due soon! This release will include Windows Vista and Windows 7 compatibility, so that users see the Shutdownertron warning window without being asked to switch to a secure desktop first.
However, this means that a lot of the architecture has changed and Shutdownertron now uses the .Net Framework 3.5 with Service Pack 1. You might like to take this opportunity to ensure that the framework is installed on your clients before deploying Shutdownertron 1.5.
The planned feature list also includes:
- System tray balloon informing the user of what time shutdown will take
- Second Chance Shutdown
- Forced shutdowns, in case applications leave modal prompts open
- User interrogation from the system tray ('how long do I have left?')
- Login session detection and immediate shutdown if appropriate
Of course, all functionality will be configured by Group Policy objects, so you have the usual flexibility. Don't want Year 7 to see the system tray icon? No problem :)
I'm currently aiming to release before the end of September, 2009 (but if the testing schedule goes to plan, the end of August).