Being an operating system designed for networks, all your network connections are now accessible from the Start...
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Menu (start, settings, network and dial up connections). Yes, this includes dial up networking -- a definite improvement!
Clicking on any of the listed connections will give you a status window on the connection thatincludes uptime/connect time and the speed of the connection.
From this window you can disable the connection (or hang up a dial in connection), and also click on the Properties button to view or change the connection properties.
Another cool thing: Windows has finally grown up in the world of networking. Now, changing a network setting does not require a reboot any more. Great for those of us who can't decide what IP address we want for our machines.