Microsoft has already given a complete overhaul to the Settings app in Windows 11 with a new sidebar interface, colorful icons, better navigations, Bing integration for better search results, and proper darkness. With Sun Valley 2, Microsoft plans to update the new Settings app with some much-needed improvements.
As you probably know, the journey of the Windows Settings app began nine years ago in Windows 8. At the time, it was known as “PC Settings” and was supposed to replace Control Panel in a future version of Windows. With Windows 10, Microsoft added more options and “PC Settings” was renamed to “Settings”.
Microsoft has promised that it will migrate all Control Panel options to Settings in the future. It’s unclear when the migration will be complete, but we do know that Control Panel is here to stay until its replacement is fully developed.
Following the release of the Creators Update, Microsoft decided to move some settings each year instead of a full migration. The migration strategy seems to be back on the fast track with the release of Windows 11.
The Settings app already received a major overhaul with Windows 11 version 21H2, and Microsoft plans to update it with additional improvements to bring it in line with Control Panel.
As part of Sun Valley 2, Storage Spaces have now been migrated to Settings with a new interface built on top of the company’s WinUI.
For those unaware, Storage Spaces is a feature that can help protect your data from drive failure by saving another copy of your files to the second user-connected drive.
You can now easily manage the feature directly from the Settings app, and the Existing Storage Spaces page in Control Panel will automatically open the previous page.
Sustainability management through the Settings app
Microsoft is introducing a new section within the Settings app called “Sustainability” that will allow users to optimize their device’s power consumption. Based on the result of the optimization analysis, Microsoft will provide users with green recommendations to help the device save energy.
The Settings app will also include a menu to manage advanced green recommendations, but it’s not yet clear how this feature would work.
“hero” configuration header
Microsoft will use the header or main section of the Settings app to display additional information, such as the time in the “Time and language” settings.
Manage notifications to make it easier in the Settings app
In the Settings app, the notification priorities feature will have its own section. As you can see in the screenshot below, these options will now be displayed separately in Settings as Microsoft wants to reduce clutter and help users easily discover the features they want.
Also, Microsoft will change the name of “Focus Assist” to “Focus” as the feature has advanced over time and more improvements are expected in the Sun Valley 2 update.
Microsoft plans to release the major Sun Valley 2 update to Windows 11 later this year, and one of the highlights is support for an improved taskbar. In addition, Microsoft will include improvements to the Start menu and other changes that would improve the operating system.