One of the interesting features Microsoft introduced in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was My People. It’s a nifty way of being able to keep your close family, friends and contacts on the taskbar to interact with them quickly and frequently.
The feature had quite a bit of a rough history, and it could be completely gone soon. According to Microsoft enthusiast Albacore on Twitter, Microsoft will start showing a deprecation notice for the feature in an upcoming Windows 10 19H1 build:
In upcoming 19H1 Insider builds, the People Bar will show a deprecation notice. It's a shame to see something like this with rather interesting engineering behind it kick the bucket.
— Albacore (@thebookisclosed) December 13, 2018
Microsoft will likely phase out My People slowly rather than completely removing it at once, though the company is yet to acknowledge any of this for the time being. Albacore has also revealed some of the other upcoming features coming to Windows 10 19H1, including an Apple TrueTone-like feature that adjusts the brightness of your display based on the surrounding environment.
Microsoft killing the My People feature shouldn’t be a shock at all. The feature isn’t supported by any major services apart from Microsoft’s own apps like Mail and Skype, and the experience of the feature continues to be a lot rougher than Microsoft originally envisioned. It certainly was a cool idea, but the execution? Not so much.