Windows 11’s native Settings app is getting another significant update

Microsoft has already given a complete overhaul to the Settings
app on Windows 11 with a new sidebar-baed interface, colourful
icons, better navigations, integration of Bing for better
search results, and a proper dark. With
Sun Valley 2, Microsoft is planning to update the new
Settings app with some much-needed improvements.

As you’re probably aware, the Windows Settings app journey
started nine years ago in Windows 8. At that time, it was known
as “PC settings” and it was supposed to replace Control Panel
in a future release of Windows. With Windows 10, Microsoft
added more options and “PC settings” was renamed to “Settings”.

Microsoft has promised that it would migrate all of the options
in Control Panel to Settings in future. It’s unclear when the
migration will complete, but we know that Control Panel is here
to stay until its replacement is fully developed.

Following the release of Creators Update, Microsoft decided to
move a few settings each year as opposed to full migration. The
migration strategy seems to be back on the fast track with the
release of Windows 11.

The Settings app has already received a major overhaul with
Windows 11 version 21H2 and Microsoft is planning to update it
with additional improvements to bring it in line with the
Control Panel.

Storage Spaces

As part of Sun Valley 2, Storage Spaces has now been migrated
to Settings with a new interface built on top of the company’s
WinUI.

Windows 11 Storage Spaces

For those unaware, Storage Spaces is a feature that can help
protect your data from drive failures by saving another copy of
the files in the second drive connected by the user.

You can now easily manage the feature directly from the
Settings app and Control Panel’s existing Storage Spaces page
will automatically open the above page.

Sustainability management via the Settings app

Microsoft is introducing a new section within the settings app
called “Sustainability” which will allow users to optimize
their device’s energy consumption. Based on the result from the
optimization scan, Microsoft will provide users with eco
recommendations to help the device save energy.

The settings app will also include a menu to manage advanced
eco recommendations, but it remains unclear as to how this
feature would work.

Settings header “hero”

Settings hero

Microsoft will be using the Settings app’s header or hero
section to display additional information, such as time in the
“Time and Language” settings.

Managing notifications to become easier in the Settings app

In the Settings app, the notification priorities feature will
be getting its own section. As you can see in the below
screenshot, these options will now be displayed separately in
the Settings, as Microsoft wants to reduce clutter and help
users easily discover features they want.

Settings notifications

Additionally, Microsoft is renaming “Focus Assist” as “Focus”
as the feature has advanced over time and more improvements are
expected in the Sun Valley 2 update.

Microsoft is planning to launch Windows 11’s major Sun Valley 2
update later this year, and one of the highlights is support
for an improved taskbar. Furthermore, Microsoft will include
Start menu refinements and other changes that would improve the
OS.

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