Windows 10 21H2 kills off Windows Timeline cross-device support

Windows 10 Timeline

Microsoft is about to make the Windows Timeline feature less
useful in the next version of Windows 10, according to new
changes spotted in the preview builds.

In preview builds, Microsoft has turned off sync capability for
Windows Timeline if you use a Microsoft account, which
indicates that the Timeline feature we know will be dead by the
time the next major Windows update, thought to be called “Sun
Valley” launches.

This change is a disappointment to anyone who had hoped that
Windows Timeline could bring desktops and mobile devices
closer, and possibly even reduce the need for syncing via other
apps.

Microsoft has now removed the option to upload new activity in
Timeline when your device is using a Microsoft account (MSA).
You can still access the Timeline interface via Task View and
recent apps will be listed, but the content won’t be synced
across your Windows device or Android (via Microsoft Launcher).

For those unaware, Windows Timeline was introduced with Windows
10 April 2018 Update to show a visual timeline of the desktop.
Timeline lets you keep track of your desktop activities, which
could be your browsing activity in Microsoft Edge, a document
that you opened in Word or PowerPoint presentation.

Windows Timeline support

With Timeline, users can jump right back into what they were
doing on another device for one month – and that included
Android too, until late last year.

However, it seems like not enough people were using the
Timeline to justify its inclusion in Windows 10 or Microsoft
Launcher, and it’s being downgraded in version 21H2.

Microsoft has already
removed the Timeline feature from Microsoft Launcher for
Android and those who were a fan of it probably knew this
was going to happen on Windows as well.

Windows Timeline was Microsoft’s cross-device strategy

One of the dreams that many of us have had is the idea of
continuing desktop activity on the phone or vice versa. Through
the years, third-party apps have attempted it and Timeline
offering from the Redmond giant brought an interesting
approach.

The timeline was announced as an extension of Windows 10’s Task
View and it was a part of Microsoft’s “pick up where you left
off” project, which is now being developed via the Your Phone
app.

Windows Timeline sync support was quite handy for people who
often have multiple Windows devices and want to quickly and
easily switch between them.

Despite the clear potential of Timeline on Windows and other
devices, especially for developers, Microsoft is downgrading
the feature.

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