Windows 10’s People app is here to stay, but it’s getting a new home

Windows 10 People app

After Print 3D and other creative apps, you can now add People
app to the list of apps that were never used. Microsoft is
planning to kill off Windows 10’s dedicated People app next
year, but you can still access your contacts as long as they’re
synced to the cloud storage.

In the latest preview builds of Windows 10, Microsoft has
quietly removed the People app, which normally lives in the
Start Menu.

This suggests that the People app is no longer being developed
and it will be removed in the next feature update for Windows
10. However, your contacts will live on within the
operating system and you can still manage your contacts from
the Mail and Calendar apps by clicking on the “People” button.

Microsoft usually removes features from Windows 10 that
weren’t being widely used. Last year, Microsoft also killed off
the taskbar-based My People feature, which allowed users to
quickly contact friends or family members using email and
Skype.

In this case, it appears that Microsoft decided to hide People
app in the Start Menu after they observed more launches of the
app from the Mail and Calendar programs.

Windows Calendar app

As you can see in the above screenshot, Windows Calendar app
comes with a dedicated button to launch the People app. If you
click on the People app button, you can still access all your
contacts synced to the email accounts.

Windows 10 People app

However, you can no longer access the same People app if you
search for it in Start Menu and Windows Search.

Microsoft will begin hiding the People app in a future version
of Windows 10, which is expected to arrive in the second half
of 2021.

Windows 10 People app was introduced along with Mail and
Calendar apps to help you organize your contacts. In the People
app, you can find your actual contact, but the accuracy depends
on where you store your contacts in the cloud.

It’s safe to assume that Microsoft will not create another
People app. Instead, the company will offer the same
functionality via its inbox apps, starting with Mail and
Calendar.

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