With the v8 release, I was able to go to the product list, find a product, and expand to show all of its variants. I was then able to quickly see which variants are published and which were not, and I could change them right from this screen. This is how we handle hiding items that have gone out of stock. (We cannot use inventory numbers, because the web is not our only sales outlet.)
With the 9.5.1 release, it seems that this feature has been eliminated. I now have to have TWO windows open, one in the Admin console and one on the storefront, flip to the store front to see which variants are Published and which are not, flip back to the Admin screen, then drill down into the variants screen, click the radio button to change it, and click save. Changing one mouse click into two alt-tabs and 4 mouse clicks is not exactly progress, in my opinion.
Does anyone know how to re-enable this capability in the new release?