Abandon Status Bar?
I'm not sure the Status Bar is required anymore - it still feels like a superfluous feature taking up space.
1) The inspector (currently experimental though) will allow you to offset positions of objects.
2) If you want details on beats/bars, go to Play Panel.
3) You can see the Play icon change in the Transport Tools, to notify you the score is playing.
I'm not sure what enabling the horizontal and vertical rasters do, or 'default'.
Using MuseScore 2.0 Nightly Build (4651) - Mac 10.6.8.