Tech News: Timeline feature in Windows 10 is going away.
Windows 10 is officially losing its once ambitious Timeline feature, Microsoft announced today. Timeline, first launched in 2017, was designed to make it easier for users to switch between devices, without interruption from a Windows 10 PC on an Android or iOS phone and vice versa.
Unsurprisingly, Timeline is deprecated – it was a feature that relied heavily on Microsoft’s Cortana assistant, which would have required users to resume activities from device to device. Cortana was a particularly important part of building the Timeline experience on iOS and Android devices, where Microsoft (of course) had less control.
With Cortana’s prevalence in Windows greatly reduced and mobile apps completely stopped, it makes sense that Microsoft would let Timeline disappear as well.
The news was announced as part of the change log for Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21359:
“If your activity history is synced across devices through your Microsoft account (MSA), you will no longer have the ability to upload new activities to the timeline. Accounts linked to AAD will not be affected. To view web history, Edge and others browsers have the ability to look back on recent web activity. You can also view recently used files using OneDrive and Office. “
Users of the Insider build should already see the changes once the new update is installed, while users on the standard update track should see the Timeline removed in the coming weeks.