Developers from Microsoft continue to work on transferring all the familiar settings from the classic “Control Panel” to the “Settings” application. This time, in new builds of Windows 11, which have recently become available to members of the Microsoft Insider Program, an advanced network settings page has been added to the Settings application, which is designed to manage settings for sharing folders and printers, as well as network discovery settings.
This is not the only innovation that means that in the future, all the elements of the “Control Panel” will be transferred to the “Settings” application. Already in the current test builds of Windows 11, some sections of the “Control Panel” are simply redirected to the corresponding pages in the “Settings”. Currently, this redirection is used on the network and devices settings page, as well as in the sections for updating Windows and uninstalling applications.
Note that the first attempts by developers to abandon the use of the “Control Panel” were undertaken in Windows 8. Work in this direction continued in Windows 10, and it seems that it will end only in Windows 11. Two controls for the settings of the software platform have long existed in parallel similar to how Microsoft supported the Internet Explorer and Edge browsers in Windows 10.
The Settings app has long been marketed by Microsoft as a replacement for Control Panel. The developers described the latest changes as part of “an ongoing effort to move settings from the Control Panel to the Settings app . ” Obviously, sooner or later Microsoft will completely abandon the use of the “Control Panel”, but when this will happen, it is difficult to say so far.