Microsoft Discontinues the My People Feature of Windows 10

Microsoft has revealed their intention to get rid of the My People feature. According to the company, everything related to it may be removed in the next feature update of Windows 10, which is known as '20H1' as of now.


Starting with Windows 10 build 16184, Windows 10 includes the My People feature. It adds a special icon to the notification area of your taskbar and allows pinning your contacts directly to the taskbar, so you can start messaging, call or compose an email just with one click.

"My People" is a special toolbar for the taskbar which shows icons of pinned contacts. Tip: See How to Pin Contacts to the taskbar in Windows 10. It  gives you quick access to messaging options via Email and Skype and aggregate information from Skype, Email, People and other apps which have collaboration tasks.

Taskbar With People Icon

While this feature is available starting in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, it was initially planned for Windows 10 Creators Update, but the final build (15063) of this Windows version doesn't include this feature.

It provides a number of useful quick actions. For example, you can quickly create an email message by clicking the icon. Or, if you drag and drop a file on the pinned contact icon, it will be possible to share it quickly.

Starting in Windows 10 build 18298, the People icon is no longer enabled on the taskbar by default.

If you are following Windows development, today's news should not surprise you. Earlier, Windows enthusiast and research Albacore had found bits that indicate deprecation of the People Bar feature. This has been finally confirmed officially.

The list of removed and deprecated features in Windows 10 version 1909 clearly mentions it.

My People / People in the ShellMy People is no longer being developed. It may be removed in a future update.

So, if you rely on this feature, it is the right moment to find some alternative to it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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