Microsoft stated the year with the bang, with Windows 10 build 15002 taking charge as the biggest preview release of the operating system till date, at least in terms of features.
Every nook and corner of this version is packed with new options.
Including the Settings panel — which has picked up a whole range of new refinements and additions.
It’s almost overwhelming in some aspects, but build 15002 does streamline the Settings panel in Windows 10, improving this Control Panel replacement and making it easier and faster for users to navigate.
One of the more noticeable changes is how the Settings page now lists additional information on either the right or bottom, depending on the size of the window. Links to support, feedback and other related settings are available here.
The Device Settings panel has also received an update, and it now serves as a single place to manage connected devices and peripherals like Bluetooth accessories, wireless docks and Xbox controllers.
Redmond also took feedback into account for Display Settings, and this updated panel comes with numerous changes that not only make for a cleaner experience, but also finally allows users to change resolution straight from the main page.
Users can also lower the blue light that is emitted from their display devices at night, automatically, and Microsoft allows them to set a schedule, as well as, importantly, select the color temperature at night.
The company also added the ability to modify Surface Dial settings per new app, while Personalization now supports and handily lists the recent colors used. On top of that, Theme Management also finally makes its debut in Settings.
To round it all off, Microsoft also baked in metered Ethernet connection support in the panel, just like wireless connections, and also improved the cross-device experiences options.
As you can see, all these changes move the company substantially forward toward retiring the traditional Control Panel in the operating system, showing how far Redmond has come from the Settings panel that was included in Windows 8.
What do you think of these updated settings?