Besides, this thread has been nothing but ON TOPIC for the last 15 pages. The whole point of this thread was to discuss the discontinuation of the CP, and how it would affect users who are not using touch screens, phones that apparently "run full Windows", or convertible laptops.
This is a forum. Debate and discussion is to be expected. I don't know why some of you are getting so worked up about this.
What do touch screens have to do with it? Control Panel and Settings can be accessed very easily with a mouse keyboard? Or a touch screen if you have one.
Microsoft is trying to blend two platforms that have never (and should never have) been together before. In order to make something pleasureable to tablet/mobile AND desktops users, you must ADAPT everything to the tablet interface. A desktop interface doesn't work on a tablet, so MS decided to do it vice versa, and this is what users are angry about. A tablet/mobile interface is almost ALWAYS dumbed-down/simplified/idiot-proof. Why do you think iOS is so popular?
I totally disagree! The modern Settings app is too limited. Most advanced settings are only accessible from the classic Control Panel! If they remove it, we will probably need third-party utilities to access them! I don't trust them that they will add similar functionality to the modern app. Not until I see it with my own eyes! I insist that the end user should have the choice! Nobody forces anyone using the classic Control Panel. Anyone can set the computer with modern app or classic. Too bad you cannot do everything from the modern app, so you just have to resort to the old classic Control Panel. Besides, I prefer the nice-looking colorful icons in classic Control Panel than the colorless too-simple icons in the modern app!
Heres an idea, windows 10 is new, why not have a new settings app. The control panel was included with older versions of windows, should we actually be wanting it to still be there just because its familiar and we know where certain settings are? If Microsoft get rid of the control panel no doubt we will very soon learn where certain settings are. Perhaps an even further step is to make a settings app aimed at basic users with just the bare minimum , and one for advanced users with all the settings in it. Another idea is to have a customisable settings app where you can arrange your own settings into groups, the way you like them. My 2c.