In the latest preview, Microsoft has made a notable change to its Timeline activity history feature. Timeline, which was introduced with the Fall Creators Update in 2018 by Microsoft shows users what they have been up to on their local machines, and used cards allowing them to quickly re-engage with applications across Windows 10 and mobile devices.
Microsoft in a blogpost announcing the latest preview of Windows 10 mentions that if the user’s activity history is synced across devices with a Microsoft Account, they won’t be able to upload new activity in Timeline.
In a release note, Microsoft says that, “If you have your activity history synced across your devices through your Microsoft account (MSA), you will no longer have the option to upload new activity in Timeline. [Azure Active Directory] AAD-connected accounts won’t be impacted.”
The AAD reference means that the change will not impact enterprise and education customers with an AAD account.
Microsoft further adds, “To view web history, Edge and other browsers have the option to look back at recent web activities. You can also view recently used files using OneDrive and Office.”
Some speculations that Microsoft might be killing off Timeline were prompted after the move. Through the Microsoft Launcher app, Timeline syncing with Android devices was available but as noted by Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott, it was nixed in the Launcher in later 2020, making it a Window 10 feature only.
Microsoft has since clarified that it is not removing Timeline in Windows 10. “Timeline and all your local activity history still remain on Windows 10,” the company said. The change will take effect in the Windows 10 Build 21359 for the Dev Channel.
Meanwhile, Microsoft to all users in Dev Channel has also rolled out its news and interests feature in the Windows 10 Taskbar and there’s a new option in the start menu to restart apps after signing in when a device is rebooted.