An early look at the 'My People' feature coming in Windows 10 Redstone 3
Microsoft is working on a new feature called My People for Redstone 3, and here's an early look!
Now that Windows 10 Redstone 3 development is in full swing, we're starting to see the first glimpses of new features showing up in the latest compiled builds. Today, we're able to give you an early look at an upcoming feature called My People, hidden inside the latest Insider Preview build of Windows 10.
My People was actually unveiled by Microsoft last year, with the intention of it showing up alongside the Creators Update. Unfortunately, due to time constraints Microsoft decided to cut the feature and wait for Redstone 3 before implementing it. So now, with the latest Redstone 3 build, we can see My People is finally working.
So what's it do? Right now, not much. It's a feature still in development, which explains why the user interface and other elements are still pretty rough. For what's currently working though, it functions surprisingly well. The setup experience is pretty straightforward, with a "Get Started" button that takes you to a screen that connects you to your installed social apps such as Mail, People and Skype.
Connecting the People app will give you quick access to all the contacts stored in your address book, and will also allow you to pin them to the taskbar. The pinned contact icon acts similarly to how a normal app icon on the taskbar does, with a right-click menu giving you the option to unpin the contact if you wish. Clicking the contact icon will open up a window with quick links to whatever social apps that contact is apart of.
In our case, "James" is linked up to both Mail and the People app. Clicking the People tile will list our contacts details, including his phone number, email address and more. Clicking the Mail app will show us conversations between us and James, with the added ability of being able to compose an email directly from the My People UI.
So far, the My People experience is pretty basic, but as Redstone 3 progesses I'm sure we'll start to see other features implemented such as being able to drag and drop a file onto a pinned contact to share it, UI improvements, and more. The feature will also be much more useful when/if other services integrate with it, such as GroupMe, WhatsApp and so on.
We expect Microsoft will enable My People officially for Insiders in the next few weeks, so for now, enjoy this early preview.
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It was the same with Edge: the mockups were awesome and the first builds were much more unpolished, but as the development continued, the app started to look more and more similar to the early mockups. So I wouldn't worry about this just yet :)
I hope Microsoft will improve settings and overall responsibility and speed
Let's agree that it's a servicing feature of a service? 😆
The People Pins sounds like a great way for Windows to have an intergrated system for users to stay connected. FB, Insta, Linked-In, etc. Skype will probably have a bigger rollout this time around also with Skype-Bot's landing in real business's. I loved the Dominos demo with Skype bot APi last year, and would love to have that built in with my desktop.
Last, Project Neon is a great way to show that MS can make it's aesthetic design less boxy, and bulky. I love me some Windows features, but I also love me an OS that looks modern and minimalist. This would be great to rollout as (hopefully) WP make a return showcasing capabilities, and aesthetics. If you guys like the OS then by all means to each their own! Personally, I'm not a huge fan but I'm glad to see MS is working on this.
RS3 couldn't come sooner!
Facebook has gotten better... kind of. Instagram feels like an immediate port from the iOS version, with little to no Windows design.
As far as the daily user pains? I'd have to say reliability and pre-share foresight. When I share with Facebook app on Windows, it's a bit sluggish, and will often not even begin to load the link when the app is open. I can rely on my phone to do it better, and I find it hard to believe that a desktop version is "hard" to design for when it's superior with power and even memory. It's all copy and paste.
Great idea! A great useful and differentiating feature! I'll ask for this in the feedback app too.
I hope so.
The people hub on Windows 8.1 did support these two and I loved that app because of it. People hub on Windows 10? Nope. For me it's totally useless and I currently don't see that changing soon.
We will See, but at this rate Nutella is more than likely going to KILL 50% more App DEVs for Windows Mobile before RS3 even hits a 950 for Insiders.