Sneak Peek: My People in Redstone 3 Build 16170

Posted on April 7, 2017 by Rafael Rivera in Windows 10 with 9 Comments

Hidden inside today’s Redstone 3 build is a postponed feature we’ve all been waiting for: My People.

The bad news? It’s not ready for prime time yet.

You may recall, My People was that people-centric sharing and communication experience announced for Creators Update but ultimately pushed to Redstone 3. (Paul has a full breakdown of that My People demo back in October.)

Today’s build confirms that My People is still a thing and is still being worked on. And with a bunch of ninja work, I was able to get this feature powered up and running.

My People starts with the People button in the Taskbar. OK, the button isn’t actually embedded in the Taskbar but rather lives inside an old-school Desk Band that can be turned on or off, and even pushed around to each edge of the screen.

Clicking the button reveals the People fly-out (with an odd Windows 10 Mobile look and feel), that greets you with an out-of-box experience and clicking Get Started reveals People and Apps pivots.

The People pivot shows a list of suggested people to pin to your Taskbar, based on your frequency of interaction and other factors. The Apps pivot shows “connected” apps – those that support loading specialized views for the My People experience – like People, Skype (preview), and Mail.

You can also browse for, select, and pin anyone the suggestion feature missed by clicking the More contacts button.

Everything else, like pinned contacts and sharing, weren’t functional at time of writing, but I’ll keep working on it this weekend and update you accordingly.

Stay tuned for more.

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Comments (9)

9 responses to “Sneak Peek: My People in Redstone 3 Build 16170”

  1. kjb434

    Cool. Love the Rafael is posting on His Twitter feed is always a good source. Bring on more!

  2. Polycrastinator

    Glad to see this here, but at the same time, if third party software can't plug into it, I'm not sure how useful it's going to be for most users. I think I'm going to get a lot of use out of this at work, presuming that Skype for Business is eventually supported, but outside of that? Probably not.

  3. Pulagatha

    I wish they would tone down the oversized headers.

    • MikeGalos

      In reply to Pulagatha:

      In reality the feature isn't in there. What IS in there is some test code for letting the dev team start putting code in. The last thing stabilized is the UX so what Rafael was able to unhide is not only not functional it also isn't code ready to be shown nor is it likely to even bear much resemblance to the real code.

      Unfortunately, that the hidden code was publicly exposed means it's now less likely to be included in the build versions designed to go out to the Insiders and will now have to go to internal-only builds until it IS ready to be shown and that means a longer test cycle.

      • Rafael Rivera

        In reply to MikeGalos:

        Not sure which reality you're referring to. A mixed reality perhaps? :)

        I certainly expect to see UI and UX polish over the next few months but the core code is in place and will not change much. The instability I referred to earlier was ultimately my fault and has been fixed. The feature works great now; I'll be following up to this post shortly.

      • Paul Thurrott

        In reply to MikeGalos:

        Since Rafael has been using this feature all weekend to Skype and send emails to me, I'm not sure what you're referring to. It is functional. It may not be ready for primetime, but perhaps you forgot the role we play: Which isn't to promote Microsoft's marketing propaganda but rather to report on what the company is really doing. And one of the things Microsoft is really doing is getting ready to launch a feature called My People. Which Rafael is investigating here.

        As for your fanciful explanation about what might happen, please. This isn't the nuclear codes he's revealing. It's a feature Microsoft previously demonstrated in public. For a desktop operating system that hundreds of millions of people use. Please get off your high horse and stop spreading FUD: If this feature is further delayed, it's because of MIcrosoft, not Rafael.

      • Michael Young

        In reply to MikeGalos:

        Lol, you really seem to think you know what you're talking about.

        Hint: you don't.

        It is very much functional, the UX is fundamentally the same as they've demoed both publically and in internal concepts.

        The "hidden" code was already included in the "build versions designed to go out to Insiders" (What a stupid way to put it), and Rafael "revealing" it doesn't affect their internal schedule in any way.

        Also, "go to internal-only builds"? Really? If you don't know anything, then don't talk like you do.

  4. Rob_Wade

    Well, if this was even a feature I'd actually use, I'd at least be very happy that it presents itself more like the Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 style, which like MUCH better than anything in Windows 10. Particularly, the pivots. But, I've come to expect that Microsoft will inevitably make anything Win8-like look as ugly as Windows 10 (e.g., hamburger menus, wireframe icons, tiny fonts, etc.). So, as much as I like the LOOK of the early version of that feature, I feel pretty confident that's not how it will look once finished.

  5. AprilRussell

    Cool. Love the Rafael is posting on His Twitter feed is always a good source. Bring on more!..

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