Windows 10: Microsoft will restrict Timeline feature for everyone in July

Windows Timeline

In April of this year, Microsoft revealed that users in Windows
10 preview builds won’t be able to upload new activity in
Timeline if they sync their activities across devices. In
the preview builds,
Microsoft has already disabled support for Windows Timeline
activity history.

It appears that
Windows 10 October 2020 Update is also losing the feature
in July, as per updated documentation.

Windows Timeline was originally added to Windows with the Fall
Creators Update in 2018, and it allows users to manage their
activities on their machine. Timeline is part of Windows 10’s
Task View feature and it uses cards layout to allow users to
quickly re-engage with apps across Windows 10 and Microsoft

In a new support document, which was updated earlier this
month, Microsoft says that users on Windows 10 October 2020
Update won’t be able to upload new activity in Timeline if they
use a Microsoft account.

Microsoft is restricting Timeline activities to the local
machine for the general public and the future of Timeline is
uncertain. Previously, this change was limited to the preview
builds of Windows 10 version 21H2.

“Starting in July 2021, if you have your activity history
synced across your devices through your Microsoft account
(MSA), you’ll no longer have the option to upload new activity
in Timeline,” Microsoft
noted in a new support document, which was updated earlier
this month and discovered by us over the weekend.

Windows Timeline’s cross-device sync ability was once dubbed
“Pick Up Where You Left Off” and Microsoft’s broader plan was
to sync activities created on one device with another PC or
mobile device using Cortana and other services like Microsoft

Windows 10 Timeline

On Android,
Timeline syncing was possible through the Microsoft Launcher
app, but as we reported in 2020, the Timeline section was
quietly removed from the Launcher.

While the cross-device sync feature is going away, Microsoft
has clarified that it is not removing the Timeline interface in
Windows 10 and the cross-device sync feature will work for
those with AAD account.

“You’ll still be able to use Timeline and see your activity
history (information about recent apps, websites and files) on
your local device. AAD-connected accounts won’t be impacted,”
the support document reads.

“Timeline and all your local activity history still remain on
Windows 10,” the company explained.

The AAD refers to enterprise and education customers with an
AAD account.

If you still want to sync your activities across your devices,
Microsoft recommends using products like Chromium Edge, Office
and OneDrive.

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