Windows 10 is already packed with ways to share content with your friends. Whether it is by writing notes on a page with the Edge browser or the upcoming gaming updates, which will let you stream your favorite games and compete in custom tournaments, it should come as no surprise that friends and contacts are permeating every layer of Windows 10 in the Creators Update.
The most noticeable piece of this change for most users will be My People. This feature puts the friends and family you share and talk with the most in the places where you most often do so. They show up in Skype every time you hit the share button, and even in the task bar and notification center.
It is a similar approach to the way Windows 10 for mobile devices handles contacts and sharing. By unifying the movement and discussion about content to a single place, Microsoft is reinforcing the idea that Windows 10 is a personable operating system.
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Of course, that increased access to sharing tools means a lot more messages heading your way, but Microsoft has a solution for that as wll. New filter tools will help you keep track of all your correspondence and present the right message at the right time, instead of bogging you down with notifications.
Whether people will pick up on these features remains to be seen. The full details were not revealed, and it was not immediately obvious whether all of these built-in chat and sharing features work over Skype, or over a more common social network. If you have to sign all of your friends up for a new service to take advantage of taskbar chat messages, it likely will not be embraced as widely as it would if it supported Facebook Messenger.
While the Creators Update does not roll out until next spring, Windows Insiders will likely spend time with these features well before the release date. Microsoft has been open-minded and attentive to user feedback, so expect to see changes between how it looks now and when it ends up on more systems.