Microsoft finally introduces My People with Windows 10 Insider build 16184

Kip Kniskern

Windows 10 16184 My People

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Today, live from the Beam webcast, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider build 16184, the first build to officially introduce My People, a new feature built into Windows to allow you to pin people to the taskbar, view multiple communication apps together in a people-centric way, and set preferred chat apps for each of your people. Here’s the lowdown from today’s Windows Insider blog post:

My People: Technology is all about making it easier for you to connect with your most important people. 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.

You can now:
•Pin your people to the taskbar – we’ll suggest some to start with, or you can pick your own! (Note: you are currently limited to having 3 people pinned to your taskbar currently.)
•View multiple communication apps together and filtered to each person on your taskbar.
•Choose the app you want to use to chat and we’ll remember for next time.

By now, you are wondering ‘but how do I host this party in my taskbar?’. To start with, go to the Store app and make sure you have all the latest updates for the Skype, Mail, and People apps. Then click on the People icon in the taskbar to activate the first run experience and get setup.

Note: Contact syncing is enabled by default following system settings in versions 11.13+ of Skype. If you have an older version of Skype you will need to manually enable contact syncing via the Skype app settings.

My People was originally scheduled for an RS2 (Creators Update) release, but it just wasn’t ready, and so was delayed until RS3, but here it is. Once you have build 16184 installed, you can try it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.