It’s been over eight years since Microsoft first introduced the
modern Settings interface with Windows 8. Even after the
release of Windows 10, there isn’t a single interface for
settings and the
operating system still comes with Control Panel. That’s
because the modern Settings app is still a mess and the most
advanced options are not available.
Back when the Settings app was introduced, Microsoft said that
Windows 10 would continue to include the Control Panel “until
the Settings app is developed”. The company was planning to
migrate all Control Panel options to the Settings, but
they moved a few settings every year rather than finishing
the job in one update.
While we don’t know what will happen to Control Panel in the
upcoming Windows Sun Valley update, it looks like the built-in
modern Settings app is getting a makeover and it would be based
on the company’s new design language, which means it will
feature a proper dark mode (not black mode) and colourful
Microsoft is working on new icons for various core options
within the Settings app. The idea is to give options like
Windows Update in Settings app a lick of Fluent Design paint
and add colour to the otherwise rather bland and flat-looking
system accent-based icons which are currently in place.
The Settings app itself won’t be radically different to the
existing version, but it does spice things up with some
colourful icons, a reorganized layout. Like Control Panel, the
Settings app will also get a navigation menu with all the
primary options like Updates & Security, Personalization,
Bluetooth, etc on the left side.
These options will be visible when you navigate between
different pages of the Settings app.
The updated Settings app will also introduce new options to
customize the OS. For example, Microsoft is working on new
setting pages to help you personalize your touch keyboard by
letting you change key size, colours and multitasking controls.
A new feature within the multitasking settings page will allow
you to have separate virtual desktops for each monitor. This
means the extra monitor can now have its own virtual desktop
and it will remain unaffected when you open, switch or close
virtual desktops on the primary monitor.
Bear in mind that this information is based on an early version
of the redesigned Settings app and plans are always subject to
change. However, we’re confident that a brand new Settings app
will be introduced and it will have icons for all options like
the Control Panel.