The long-awaited My People feature that Microsoft exorcised from the Creators Update has finally arrived in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build, 16184, along with a few other additions.
As you may recall, Microsoft revealed My People at its October 2016 Creators Update event. At the time, I called it a welcome return to the people-centric focus of Windows phone, and I was looking forward to using it. But in January, Microsoft delayed My People to Redstone 3, meaning that it would not appear in the Creators Update (or in any pre-release Creators Update builds).
Sign up for our new free newsletter to get three time-saving tips each Friday — and get free copies of Paul Thurrott's Windows 11 and Windows 10 Field Guides (normally $9.99) as a special welcome gift!
"*" indicates required fields
Well, now anyone can use. Well. Anyone on the Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast ring, that is.
“Whether you want to share a photo, make plans for dinner, or get an answer from a friend or coworker – My People is here to take it to the next level and bring the people you care about most to the center of your experience,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar explains.
My People lets you pin your favorite people as icons to the taskbar, view multiple communications apps together, and choose the app you prefer to use for chat. Make sure you download the latest Skype, Mail, and People apps after upgrading to the new build, of course.
Some Insiders will also begin to get invites to test the new Gmail/Google Calendar functionality that Microsoft announced last week as well. “You’ll know the new experience is available for your account when you are prompted to update your Gmail account settings,” Ms. Sarkar writes.
Microsoft has made various other improvements in this build—nothing major—and of course there are some known issues. Check out the original Microsoft post for the details.