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article imageMicrosoft postpones launch of Windows 10 'My People' feature

By James Walker     Jan 20, 2017 in Technology
Microsoft has announced it is postponing the launch of Windows 10's upcoming "My People" feature. My People aims to make it easier to connect with your friends and colleagues by placing shortcuts to their profiles on the Windows taskbar.
My People was originally unveiled as part of the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, due in April. It allows you to pin your favourite contacts to a special taskbar toolbar. Once they've been added to My People, their profile images display next to the system tray. Clicking on a person opens a menu of quick actions that lets you jump straight into a conversation.
My People can also be used to share content with your contacts. Dragging a document, photo or video onto a profile image instantly sends it to them. Apps are able to integrate with the feature so you can share to third-party services and chat using external messaging providers.
The concept is supposed to appeal to people who frequently use their computer for communications. It's unlikely to be popular with all users but could be a useful taskbar addition for many. Microsoft is now delaying its release though, explaining it needs more time to complete the experience.
"As we shared at our event in October, we're excited to bring your people to the front and center of your computing experience in Windows with the My People experience," said Microsoft. "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."
The delay isn't entirely unexpected. The Creators Update is expected to arrive in the spring but My People is still absent from Windows Insider builds of Windows. The apps that should work with it, including Microsoft's Mail, People and Skype apps, don't currently include any references to it either. The feature is said to be a significant effort that's been worked on for some time. Due to its size, Microsoft has been unable to get it ready for its intended launch period.
My People will now arrive with the Redstone 3 release of Windows, expected later in the fall. Microsoft has been adding plenty of other new features to the Creators Update though, this week launching Insider Preview build 15014. As previously rumoured, it includes a new e-book marketplace within the Windows Store that lets you purchase e-books for reading in Microsoft Edge.
Additional features added this month include a "set aside tabs" option in Microsoft Edge, support for downloading themes from the Windows Store, improvements to Cortana and the option to choose a custom window accent colour. They join the update's headline features such as built-in support for virtual reality and holographic headsets and preinstalled apps for creating 3D content.
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