Windows 8 Again

I've been using Windows 8 again.  I know, I must be a glutton for punishment, but I really want to try and make a go of it. 

I was amazed today when I had to Google how to log off of my user account.  They really have “reimagined” Windows.  Logging off was tied to shutting down and restarting, however now to log off you click on the tile that represents you as a user in the upper right corner of the Start screen. A drop down appears with the options for Change account picture, Lock and Sign out.

Is this all a cruel prank by Steven Sinofsky on the eve of his departure from Microsoft?