As the Windows ecosystem begins to bleed into other products, Microsoft is finding ways to make Windows 10 users more integrated with the world around them. The My People Hub is an exciting new feature addition to Windows 10.
First teased in Spring’s Creators Update, it finally comes alive in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Let’s look at what My People Hub, how to get started with it, and whether it’s worth the effort to use.
What is My People Hub?
My People Hub is a central location that stores contacts for sure within Outlook and Skype, for now. Eventually, Microsoft will add functionality to other apps within the ecosystem.
Whether or not third-party integration will come to apps like Google Hangouts, Yahoo Messenger, and others is yet to be seen, but for now, those who depend on Microsoft products to communicate will gain the most from My People Hub.
Bottom line: It will make extremely easy for you to share almost anything you want with the people you want across all your networks and services once Microsoft integrates this service with others.
Getting Started with My People Hub
After updating to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you’ll notice the My People Hub icon in the Taskbar next to the Action Center.
Click on it to get started, then click “Get started.”
You’ll see People and Apps at the top; that’ll be your two main options to either choose who you want to contact or what communication app you want to use.
At the bottom, click “Find and pin contacts.”
You’re able to pin up to three contacts at a time to the Windows 10 Taskbar. Once pinned, you’ll get notifications from Skype if someone has reached out to you. For now, those notifications only work with Skype and no other Microsoft app. Emojis via Skype will now play live on your desktop for pinned contacts.
This will populate People with contacts Windows 10 pulls from a linked Outlook account, a linked Xbox account, your Skype account, and more Microsoft-related apps.
If you click on any contact, then the 3-dot menu, you’ll be able to pin them directly to the Taskbar for easily connecting with them when you need to in the future. You can remove them at any time by right-clicking on the contact and unpinning them from the Taskbar.
You’re able to fill in as many details as you have about each contact in the My People Hub, as well as add a picture of them.
My People Hub will also save a timeline of communication for you, too.
You’re also able to link contacts if you have multiple ways to reach them, such as phone numbers and emails, so all contact information shows up in one place.
If you want to remove the My People Hub icon from the Taskbar, just right-click on the Taskbar, then uncheck the box next to “Show People button.” You can re-add it to the Taskbar by following the same steps.
The My People Hub makes it easier to stay connected with your family, friends, coworkers and more via Microsoft’s communication apps. However, if you don’t use those, then My People Hub, unfortunately, won’t do you much good in Windows 10 for now.
Until more support is added for non-Microsoft methods of communication, My People Hub is a pretty dull and unpolished addition to Windows 10. For those that use Mail and Skype, you’ll get some use out of My People Hub whether you pin contacts to the Taskbar or not. Whether My People Hub gets better from here, who knows?
But for an app that was supposed to come in the Spring’s Creators Update and finally was pushed out in the fall, it looks like Microsoft could’ve waited longer to truly release an immersive My People Hub for Windows 10 users.