Updated Windows 10 Settings app surfaces with sleek header

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Microsoft is testing a fresh take on Windows 10's integrated Settings app, with a new header propagating among select Insiders. Surfacing across PCs running this week's latest Fast Ring release, Build 18298, the menu brings a sleek at-a-glance display of key Windows information.

The new header highlights the user's connected Microsoft account, alongside ties to Windows Update, and the Your Phone mobile companion. As reported by OnMSFT, a variant of this header is also circulating with a Microsoft Rewards shortcut, showcasing current total earnings. We're yet to see the feature in action, though Windows Central reader, Kenneth, showed us what it offers.

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Further improving Settings navigation, this presents shortcuts to the essentials, with a neat dynamic edge. With the header seemingly in A/B testing, requirements are unclear, meaning you'll likely need to wait for a potential wider rollout.

Have you received the newly-updated Settings interface? Let us know in the comments section.

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  • I got it after doing a clean install for 18298.
  • Bring it on 😁
  • What a joke. What really amazes me is what this site considers an update worthy of an actual article to be reported.
  • Personally I think this is a great article. Keep it going 😁
  • I mean, this site isn't named "Windows Central" for a joke...
  • lmao.... No need to get triggered over something you can scroll past..
  • It is a new addition
    and not every user Is see it right now.
  • I hope they only show the rewards button if you participate in the rewards program.
  • also get points for purchasing things out of the stores but it likely it won't show.
  • I'm not seeing this yet on either of my Skip-Ahead/Fast Ring machines.
  • Now all we need is that new grey background to take over everything
  • Thats ugly. What happens if you are not signed into a MS account? Does it disappear?
  • The header shows account data and email which is showing unnecessary personal data and frankly an invasion of privacy and display of information that does not have to be shown in the settings. For me this is a big no, no, and not professional. I think if account data must be shown (I presume) as a sign personal settings can be saved and synced to your account and installed on a new windows device, an icon is enough, no name no email. The other header items are fine. I prefer the older settings. The new header makes the UI look less clean, is more distracting and adds little value that you can't find in settings itself or via search. Settings for me is get in, get out, done.
  • Well actually this is just copying your Microsoft dashboard.
    Definitely could use some acrylic To separate it more.
  • Fugly and unnecessary!