When the Fall Creators Update was released, there was one feature that was promised but missing from the final product – Windows Timeline. When the update was originally announced, Microsoft released a demo of the new feature, but when it finally came time to release the update, Timeline just wasn’t quite ready for mainstream. However, that doesn’t mean they have given up on the project. In fact, Timeline has now made its way into the latest Windows 10 Insider preview builds for those of us who love testing software for Microsoft.
“Timeline is here! We know that it can be difficult to get back to stuff you were working on in the past. If you’re like us, you might sometimes forget which site or app you were using or where you saved a file. Now you can finally close apps without worrying—with Timeline, you can get right back to where you left off. Timeline introduces a new way to resume past activities you started on this PC, other Windows PCs, and iOS/Android devices. Timeline enhances Task View, allowing you to switch between currently running apps and past activities.”
Timeline is a type of global task view. It allows you to easily move back and forth between tablets, PC’s and even smartphones and pick up right where you left off. The new features, of course, works on Windows 10, but it will even function on iOS and Android, assuming you have Microsoft Cloud Services and their suite of apps on your mobile devices. Essentially, Microsoft wants to give you an easy way to view your recent activities, regardless of what device you may be using.
This is a rather intriguing new feature, and one I’m looking forward to using, as it should make life much easier for those of us who are constantly switching between different devices to get our work done. But currently it’s not without its limitations.
Currently, app developers must explicitly support this feature in their apps if it’s going to work. That means that currently only browsing in Microsoft Edge and using documents from Microsoft Office will work, as well as activities in other Windows apps such as News, Maps, Money, Sports, and Weather. That means that currently you won’t be able to use Chrome with this new feature or any other browser, for that matter. In the end, it will be up to the individual developers to include this functionality if it is going to work.
Overall, I think this is a much needed feature in Windows 10, as it is something that has been available in macOS for some time. Given the reach of Windows, and the ability to use it on both Android and iOS, this could be a game changer for many users that rely on both a laptop and a mobile device to work. But, it remains to be seen how many developers will adopt it. In the end, I believe the success of this new feature will depend completely on that, along with its ease of use, of course.
What do you think? Will you be using this new feature in Windows 10?
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Matt is an IT professional with over fifteen years experience supporting network infrastructure and computers. An avid gamer, Matt enjoys his time playing and writing about his experiences both in the IT world and in the gaming communities. You can find more of his writing for LaptopNinja where he enjoys talking about everything tech.