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My People feature in Windows 10 build 16184 includes animated “winks” called “shoulder taps”

Last week, Windows 10 Insider preview build 16184 rolled out with the official announcement of My People. The social app on Windows 10 was originally teased for the Creators Update but was postponed to Redstone 3. Even though we’ve seen it for a couple of weeks now, the feature is officially available on the Insider build and what it has might surprise you.

A new implementation of MSN Winks, a feature to send loud cartoon emoji to your friends, looks to be making a return in My People under the code name “Shoulder Taps”. The feature is similar to ‘pokes’ where you can indicate a friend and a sound clip will accompany an image. Thurrott reports that these Shoulder Taps are actually better than the MSN Winks.

One such reason is that the animations will ‘break out’ of the app and play right on the desktop, a lot like toast notifications. With digging, it looks like the animations are approximately 160×160 in size on a transparent background, avoiding being too invasive. But perhaps more interesting is that the new ‘toast notification’ type found for Shoulder Taps doesn’t have a custom audio element programmed in as of yet. Currently, they use a rather loud generic chime instead.

It will be interesting to see how the Windows 10 Shoulder Taps progress through Redstone 3 development. Let us know what you think in the comments below or tweet us @OnMSFT.

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Are Winks annoying or do you like them?