Windows 10 is officially losing its once-ambitious timeline feature, Microsoft announced today. First launched in 2017, Timeline is designed to make it easier for users to switch between multiple devices – switching seamlessly from a Windows 10 PC to an Android or iOS phone and back again.
It’s no surprise that Timeline is becoming obsolete: it was a feature that relied heavily on Microsoft’s Cortana assistant, which would prompt users to resume tasks from device to device. Cortana was a particularly important part of building out the timeline experience on iOS and Android devices, which Microsoft (obviously) had less control over.
Considering that the prevalence of Cortana in Windows has declined sharply and the mobile apps have been completely discontinued, it makes sense that Microsoft would also end the timeline.
The news was announced as part of the changelog for the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21359
If you’ve synced your activity history across all your devices through your Microsoft account (MSA), you no longer have the option to upload new activity in the timeline. AAD connected accounts are not affected. To view web history, Edge and other browsers have the option to review recent web activity. You can also view recently used files with OneDrive and Office.
Insider build users should see the changes after installing the new update, while users of the standard update track should see Timeline’s removal in the coming weeks.