Microsoft has bundled several Metro apps along with Windows 8 Release Preview. The People application is one of them.
In fact, this app may be one of the most important and stuffed with features. It not only lists your contacts, but also acts as a social hub for all the online social services.
You must be connected to several social services like Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., in order to maintain online contacts and social sharing.
Handling separate tabs for all these services in a browser often makes me want to have a central hub, from where I can connect to my contacts, regardless of the service through which I am connected to them.
People app is tailored to meet that exact requirement. You simply add your online social accounts to the app, and it will bring the data of those accounts to your desktop.
The main screen shows your contacts aggregated from various social accounts. The other two sections show your as well as your contacts’ latest news feeds, tweets, posts, etc., from your accounts.
Currently, People app can connect to the following social services.
After you connect to your desired services, you can view stuff like
People app isn’t just a static content viewing app. You can interact with the connected services. For example, you can
People app has a live tile, i.e., the tile of People app shows dynamic content after you have connected to online services.
The type of content is dynamic, and includes contacts as well as latest notifications of the connected services.