As part of its announcement about a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build today, Microsoft revealed that the My People feature will be delayed. It is now expected to debut in the release of Windows 10 that will ship in late 2017.
“We’re excited to bring your people to the front and center of your computing experience in Windows with the My People experience,” Dona Sarkar notes in the announcement for build 15014. “Our goal with Windows is to deliver experiences you’ll love and we’ve made the decision to hold this feature for the next major update to Windows.”
That update is currently codenamed Redstone 3. My People was originally expected in Redstone 2, which is branded as the Creators Update.
Back in November, I wrote about My People, describing this feature as a nice return to the people-centric user experience from Windows phone.
“Our goal with Windows is to make sure that people who are important to you are easily accessible,” Microsoft’s Kevin Gallo said at the time. “You can have quick interactions, you can share things with them, you can communicate with them. So we [are] putting them … in the taskbar. Now you can pin people who are important to you to the taskbar, and you just drag things down there to make [sharing and communication] happen.”
I was really looking forward to this feature, but a 6-month wait won’t hurt.
What does hurt is that someone just asked me about this feature on Twitter, fretting that it was being canceled or delayed. I told him he had nothing to fear.